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CCDC Building Police Capacity To Support Best Interests of Children

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC ), had good cause to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2015. Significant strides were made this year by the Centre this year, in the Child Rights Sustainability Initiative with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), under CCDC’s ground-breaking Child Rights Education Project.


Leaders at the CIPP Stakeholders’ Consultation Seminar held on November 18, 2015 at the New Kingston Conference Centre. From left to right: Dr. Carl Williams, Commissioner of Police; Professor Julie Meeks, Deputy Principal, UWI Open Campus; and Ms. Lone Hvass, Deputy Representative of UNICEF, Jamaica.

Dr. Carl Williams, Commissioner of Police in Jamaica, addressed stakeholders at a recent consultation seminar, in which over 40 stakeholders from governmental and non-governmental child protection agencies were given an opportunity to review and inform the finalization of the draft Child Interaction Policy and Procedures (CIPP), which was promulgated during Police Week (n Force Orders #3573, dated November 26, 2015). Dr. Williams reaffirmed the commitment of the JCF to honour and protect the rights of all persons in Jamaica. He noted that, “… we deem it particularly important to develop a policy framework that supports the best interest of our children… this policy is aimed at making every police encounter with a child a positive one.”


Police participants at a JCF internal consultation held with JCF Members via teleconference on November 19, 2015 at The UWI Open Campus Learning Centre, Mona. The session was led by ACP Elbert Nelson (far right), Head of the Research, Planning and Legal Services Branch.

Individual JCF members from all ranks also had opportunities to inform the finalization of the policy and corresponding data collection,, via an inclusive development process aided by the Open Campus’ teleconferencing facilities, which allowed island-wide consultation in finalizing this trailblazing protocol. The project’s output was timely and supports JCF’s strategic priority to “Enhance respect for human rights and human dignity”.
Other recent project achievements and activities support JCF’s six strategic priority areas, and are effecting change in what and how rights-based training and programming are carried out across the Constabulary.
 


Project Leader, Ms. Heather Gallimore, with Police Youth Club Representative, Garfield Wallace, Jr.; and Lasco Top Cop, D/Sgt. Ava Lindo at the consultation.

Project leader, Ms. Heather Gallimore, noted that CCDC’s work with police over the last five years has evolved from a child rights education and training intervention into an institutional capacity building partnership. All this was made possible by continued UNICEF investment.

This project is laying necessary foundations in other areas such as police training, the training of trainers, the development of learning (e-content) and job aids, internal and external communications, strengthening inter-agency cooperation, and monitoring and evaluation, to ensure that child rights and responsibilities are strongly rooted throughout the JCF.
 


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