Acting DPP lauds new counter-gang training curriculum Loop Jamaica

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Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Claudette Thompson, has hailed the advanced counter-gang training curriculum guide as a game-changer which will aid in strengthening investigative and prosecutorial skills of law enforcement bodies locally.

The comprehensive curriculum, which was presented at the National Police College last week, is the culmination of a collaborative effort between gang investigation and prosecution experts from Jamaica and the United States.

Thompson said the curriculum will foster a more systematic and consistent approach to combating organised crime, among other things.

“This curriculum will no doubt take us to the next level, strengthening our investigative and prosecutorial skills,” she declared, adding that “It will see to a more structured and uniformed approach as well.”

Thompson said coming out of the initiative, “I expect for us to have more successful prosecutions”.

The acting chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of collaboration and resource sharing among stakeholders, noting that the curriculum’s development is a testament to the value of partnership.

“This handing over of the curriculum signifies the importance of increasing collaboration and amalgamation of resources. It speaks to the need for more training, and collaboration with the various institutions.

“I have to say I am excited for the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force), I am excited for the ODPP (Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions), and, naturally, excited for Jamaica,” Thompson stated.