JAMAICA CONSTABULARY FORCE - PRAEDIAL LARCENY PREVENTION UNIT
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of National Security have forged a new partnership which has resulted in the establishment of the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit. The unit which was commissioned on March 02, 2015 is headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kevin Francis, supported by Sergeant Damian Harry and Ms. Trudy-Ann Edwards.
The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit was established to fight farm theft and stem the tide of persons who continue to reap what they did not grow. The unit has since developed strategies to protect farmers through information sharing, collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and through the use of security innovation.
DSP Francis states that with the Jamaica Constabulary Force leading the Anti-Praedial Larceny charge, the unit will mobilise members of the Constabulary Force to curtail farm theft across the island and seek to rebuild communities through our Farm Watch Program, thereby further developing strategies geared towards nation building food security.
He further stated that, “agriculture is a huge asset to national development and in order to ensure the sustainability of the sector and food security within our borders, it becomes imperative for all involved to understand the impact of praedial larceny and why it must stop”.
“Partnership and strategic alliances are critical to the success of any industry and it is against this background that the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit has sought to COLLABORATE with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Lasco Group of Companies, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), The Jamaica Livestock Association (JLA), Jamaica Goat and Sheep Farmers Association, The Public Health Department, Crime Stop 311 and other partners to ensure that the fight against praedial larceny is sustained” noted DSP Francis.
He also lamented that “there are exciting prospects ahead for the agriculture industry and we cannot achieve success if we do not come together as a country to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, do business and ensure food security”. The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit is committed to the task and will continue to serve, protect and reassure the citizens of Jamaica through its intiatives.
DSP Francis also wants to encourage farmers to register with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) it will not only ensure farmers are regularized but will provide them with access to the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) that will assist with tagging animals and ensuring the effective use of DNA to track animals. The Predial Larceny Prevention Unit can be contacted at 927-1731-50.