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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Like with any other Task Force, the work of this one is limited by the knowledge resident in its members.  To achieve a whole greater than the sum of the individual parts, a synergistic team approach was adopted.  This approach extended beyond the immediate members to incorporate the views of a range of stakeholders through a consultative process.

The Special Task Force on Crime (STFC) hereby places on record its sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Lucius Thomas, Commissioner of Police, who took time out from his demanding schedule to meet with members of the STFC to answer questions and share his vision and concerns about the status of policing in Jamaica.  We are also grateful to the Commissioner for granting us carte blanche permission to speak with whichever police personnel we deemed pertinent in prosecuting our terms of reference.  Although not mentioning them by name, we are profoundly grateful for the understanding and cooperation that we received from several key police personnel.

The STFC also wishes to express its gratitude to the under-mentioned for graciously agreeing to meet with us, thereby enhancing our work.  They are:

Hon. Hugh Small-High Court Judge, Bahamas

Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin-Chief of Staff, JDF

Col. Stewart Saunders-Colonel General Staff, JDF

Mr. David Batts-Attorney-at-Law

Mrs. Audrey Sewell-CEO, Justice Training Institute

Mr. Clayton Morgan-Vice President, Jamaica Bar Association

Mr. Gilbert Scott-Permanent Secretary, MNS; and his senior officers

His Excellency Mr. Claudio Valle-Canadian High Commissioner; and his Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Bryan Burton

Dr. Wesley Hughes-Director General, PIOJ; and his senior officers Dr. Peter John Gordon and Ms. Dionne O’Connor

Professor Neville Duncan-representative of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI

Mr. Steadman Noble-Technical Consultant, Jamaica Social Policy Evaluation (JASPEV).

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