Jamaica Defence Force

First Battalion Duties

The 1st Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (1 JR) rotates between Up Park Camp, Kingston and Moneague Training Camp (MTC), St. Ann, every twelve months and its operational commitments vary accordingly.  The Battalion is committed to assisting the civil police in the Metropolitan Area of Kingston and St. Andrew and the adjoining parish of St. Catherine.

The Unit provides assistance to the police for various operations geared toward targeting illegal firearms and ammunitions, illegal drugs and the restoration and maintenance of law and order.  Assistance to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in maintaining Law and Order in specific areas as designated by a Joint Task Force Headquarters comprising command elements from both the JCF and the JDF.  This assistance usually takes the form of mobile/foot patrols, cordon and search operations, raids, vehicle check points, surge and other types of support.

    • Assistance to the JCF in conducting joint Internal Security (IS) Operations in order to capture wanted persons, recover illegal firearms, ammunition and illegal drugs, and restore and maintain law and order within specific communities
    • Ceremonial Guards are provided at the National Heroes Circle.  There is a change of sentries that takes place each day on the hour that is open for viewing by the public.
    • Narcotics Eradication and Interdiction across the country.  These operations usually include the destruction of cultivated and cured marijuana, and a host of interdiction operations against the wide range of illicit drugs which pass through Jamaican territory.