Wednesday 4 November 2020

Centenary of the Jamaican Constabulary Force (Jamaica, 1977)

Sometimes it’s nice to have a stamp that just tells you what it’s all about. Here we have the 100th anniversary of the Jamaican Constabulary Force and a cool parade of the different options for policing (mounted, dogs boss, and all shades and trouser lengths in between).

The history of policing in Jamaica began in the early 18th century with night watchmen who patrolled Port Royal, Kingston and some parishes. A permanent police force was actually established in 1832, but then disbanded in 1865. The Morant Bay Rebellion highlighted some issues around safety and security, so a renewed police force – the Jamaican Constabulary Force – was formed soon after, under the Commissionership of the marvellously named Major J H Prendeville. I hope he had a tremendous moustache and a well-rounded sense of decency.

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