The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) extends its heartiest congratulations to Dr. Kevin Blake on his official installation as Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Monday, 18 March 2024. This marks a significant milestone in the journey towards achieving a safer and more secure Jamaica, a vision shared by both the PSOJ and the JCF.

His appointment comes at a critical time when the JCF is undergoing transformative changes to modernise and better serve the Jamaican people.

The PSOJ recognises Dr. Blake’s invaluable contributions, especially in the area of modernisation, a crucial task entrusted to him by the previous Commissioner. His strategic approach and in-depth knowledge of the National Security Plans have positioned him as a key figure in advancing the nation’s security framework.

Dr. Blake’s leadership and pivotal role in driving the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certification for the JCF underscores his dedication to elevating the standards and operational efficiency of the force.

Through our collaborative efforts, including Dr. Blake’s participation on behalf of the JCF on the PSOJ’s National Security and Justice Committee, we have witnessed his commitment to enhancing public safety and reducing crime. His ability to deliver well-considered strategies and his awareness of the challenges faced by Jamaica in the realm of national security have been exemplary.

As Dr. Blake steps into his new role, the PSOJ emphasises the significance of this transition period. There is an understanding that the challenges ahead are numerous and complex, yet there is unwavering confidence in Dr. Blake’s capability to lead with distinction. Building a strong team, fostering trust and confidence among the ranks, and driving the force towards achieving its objectives are paramount.

The mission at hand – to substantially decrease crime levels and effectively implement a national crime strategy – is critical for the well-being of our nation.

Dr. Blake’s leadership is instrumental in this endeavour, and his vision for a secure Jamaica aligns with the collective aspirations of the private sector and the wider society.

The PSOJ stands ready to support Dr. Blake and the Jamaica Constabulary Force as they undertake this monumental task. We believe in the power of partnership and are committed to working alongside the JCF to create a safer, more prosperous Jamaica.

In conclusion, the PSOJ also takes this opportunity to register its gratitude and well-wishes to the outgoing Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, with whom the private sector has enjoyed a cordial, cooperative and positive relationship.

His demission of office at a time where the country is seeing a 17% reduction in murders must be recognised, and we look forward to Dr. Blake building on the record of his predecessor.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica assures Dr. Kevin Blake and his entire team at the JCF of our full support and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration aimed at enhancing national security and fostering a conducive environment for economic and social development.