Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Policing styles in the Commonwealth Caribbean: The Jamaican case
Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Social Psychology
Date of Publication
The essence of police work is the management of coercive force to ensure the social and legal compliance of the population. This power may, however, be directed and controlled in different ways in diferent political and criminal justice systems. How this power is exercised in these different systems, the legitimacy of police forces as agencies of social and political control, and consequently their effectiveness in crime control and the maintenance of public order, are acutely portrayed in the style of policing. Style is expressive of the configuration of power in society including that between citizen and State and the political values which inform collective police behaviour. Any serious programme of reform as is presently being undertaken in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) ought therefore to be informed by a critical examination of the style of policing.....