Transformation and High Standards

As we come to the end of another year, it is with a deep sense of pride that I extend my gratitude to you, my officers and soldiers, for your service over the year.  I…


The Defence Board has given approval for the promotion of the following officers to be promoted effective 7 November 2019, to the ranks indicated. To The Rank of Brigadier Colonel Winston W WALCOTT Colonel Winston…

Be Careful What Message We Send To Children, Army Chief Warns

Our Red Poppy is a Symbol of Both Remembrance and Hope For a Peaceful Future

Poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community. The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it. Wearing a poppy is…

Lieutenant General Rocky Meade Visits Abaco

Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force visited Abaco, The Bahamas on October 1, 2019. During his visit, Lt Gen Meade was welcomed to New Providence by the Defence…


Caribbean Military Academy


The Security Forces this morning launched a targeted operation in the Shooters Hill area of St Thomas, as part of the newly declared enhanced security measures in the Kingston East area. The Security Forces continue to urge persons to call the confidential JDF tip hotline at (876) 837-8888 and provide assistance in ridding criminals from their
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Members of the Security Forces move to establish several checkpoints throughout the Kingston East Police Division, where a state of Public Emergency was declared this morning. The Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade during a press conference at Jamaica House made the following remarks:

During this period of the State of Emergency, citizens will encounter various operations such as highly visible Vehicle Check Points. The purpose of these checkpoints is not to unnecessarily inconvenience citizens but rather to add a robust element of security for residents as well as other citizens transiting the area. We ask persons for ease and simplicity as they approach checkpoints to lower their windows and during dark periods to turn on their roof lights. We also implore citizens that as they comply with the guidelines to transit the area they should not slow down beyond what is reasonable just to observe the activities at the checkpoints as this may cause unnecessary traffic build-up.

Photos by Lance Corporal Cordell Williams
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A state of Public Emergency is now in effect for the Kingston East Police Division. Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade announced the boundaries at today’s Press Conference:

On the Western side, the boundary extends in a northerly direction from the intersection of Michael Manley Boulevard and South Camp Road, then continues north-easterly along Vineyard Road then on to the end of Diana Drive. The Northern boundary extends in an easterly direction from Diana Drive to Lexington Avenue, then on to Deanery Road to the intersection to Mountain View Avenue. The boundary then extends easterly along an imaginary irregular line to the shared parish border of St Andrew and St Thomas. The Eastern boundary extends in a southerly direction along the shared parish border of St Andrew and St Thomas to the coast. The Southern boundary extends westerly along the coast of St Andrew, then along the Kingston coastline to the intersection of South Camp Road and Michael Manley Boulevard.
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