Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online-Citizen Security

Citizen Security and Safety Session

Opportunity to hear from Jamaica regarding the Citizen Security Plan (CSP) and any gaps in the plan that the Diaspora can help fill.

Speaker Bios

Brigadier Roderick Williams, OD, JP

Brigadier Roderick Williams is currently double hatted as the National Coordinator for Plan Secure Jamaica in the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) and the Commander of the Maritime, Air and Cyber Command of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). In his role at the Office of the National Security Advisor he is responsible for the detailed planning and coordination of the implementation of the multi-sectoral Plan Secure Jamaica across its several thematic components including citizen security, cybersecurity, etc., towards the realisation of a more safe, secure, cohesive and just society. The JDF brigade level formation he commands, is responsible for delivering strategic capabilities primarily in the maritime, air and cyber domains geared at, inter alia, safeguarding Jamaica’s interests from threats emanating within or through those domains.

Brigadier Williams has benefitted from numerous professional courses, programmes and experiences throughout his career across the full range of extant and emergent Defence, National Security and International Security issues at leading institutions in the Defence and Security sectors spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. Brigadier Williams holds a MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London; a MSc in Computer-Based Management Information Systems and a BSc in Management Studies (Major) and Accounting (Major) from the University of the West Indies. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK’s Chartered Management Institute.

Brigadier Williams is the recipient of the following honours, decorations and awards: the Order of Distinction (Officer Class); Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; Medal of Honour for General Service (Haiti), the Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct, First Bar to the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service and First Bar to the Medal of Honour General Service (Jamaica); the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the United Nations Peace-Keeping Medal (Haiti).

His current interests include emergent transnational threats, cyberspace, strategic thought, maritime security, citizen security and the notion of cyberspace warfare. Brigadier Williams is married to Nicole and they have four young children.

Renée Steele is the Senior Policy Director with responsibility for the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Branch at the Ministry of National Security, where she contributes to the development of policy and programmes seeking to achieve the following:

  1. Build community resilience through strategic engagement and facilitated risk to violence reduction
  2. Improve processes and procedures for the rehabilitation and reintegration of Involuntary Returned Migrants
  3. Coordinate access to social intervention programme as part of a targeted approach to youth violence prevention  

Renée has had several accomplishments since joining the Ministry in July 2007 including designing a minimum community engagement framework in support of the National Crime Prevention and Community Strategy as well as establishing a sustainable model for reintegration for IRMs, in need of support, through coordinated partnerships with local shelters for the homeless.  Since 2018, Renée along with key local experts in violence prevention have established a targeted approach to addressing children aged 8 to 16 years at risk to violence using lessons learnt from the Ministry’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) and interventions of music, sports and technology.

Renée is a lover of animals enjoys cooking, writing poetry and is mother to one son, Rhys.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton has been CEO of the LASCO Chin Foundation since June 2018. She was Vice President at the University of Technology, Jamaica and was awarded a Professorship in the Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship and Development. She established and led The MSME Alliance, a network of small business organizations, for ten (10) years. She also established the Institute of Law & Economics and worked as a consultant and public educator on trade, governance and other socio-economic areas.  She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels and served as Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jamaica (May 2006-Sept 2007). She is currently a Board Director for LASCO Manufacturing Limited and National Integrity Action, a corruption watchdog organization. She is also Chair of the newly created Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance, a hub of Philanthropy Connections in the Caribbean Region with a mission to improve the lives of Caribbean people and their countries, mainly through the partnership and collaboration of the private sector, foundations and philanthropists, so as to create an environment for sustainable development via synergy, networking and other initiatives.

Charles Clayton is the Programme Director for the Community Renewal Programme (CRP) which is an Initiative within the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). He holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Masters in Development Studies (emphasis on Social Policy Analysis) from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI.

He has had just under 40 years professional experience working among the public sector, the

International development community, and the private sector in areas including research, policy

planning and development, export market development, community development, and coordination and programme management, among other areas. He is an ardent Christian and is a member of the Andrews SDA church in Jamaica where he currently serves as Director for the church and Men’s choirs

Inspector Natalie Palmer

Member of the JCF for 23 years. Works at Community Safety and Security Branch currently the Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner of Police

Education: Masters in Sociology with focus on Social Policy and Administration

Hon. Norman O. Hemming, III

Norman O. Hemming, III  is Chief Federal Administrative Law Judge who oversees Title II and Title XVI cases under the Social Security Act.  Previously, Norman served as Special Counsel to the United States Attorney with the United States Department of Justice. In this position, he helped to manage a staff of over 230 attorneys and an equal number of support staff based in offices in Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.  Norman split his time pursuing his undergraduate degree in Government and Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Cornell University. He is a Merit Fellow graduate of Howard Law School where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.  He has a theology degree from Shiloh Theological Seminary in Stafford, Virginia, and is an Ordained Minister. 

He presently serves on the Pastor’s Council of Cooper City Church of God. Additionally, Norman has previously served on the Vice-Provost Council for Florida International University, which raises and distributes scholarships to  students of FIU who are first in their family to attend college.  Norman also previously served on the Board of Easter Seals of Florida and remains active in advocating on behalf of the neurologically challenged.  Further, Norman has served as a conciliator for the Sunni, Shia, Christian, Sikh, Hindu Jewish and Ahmadya communities in South Florida. Judge Hemming is the recipient of the coveted CAIR Florida award; the 2016 Community Service award from the Pakistani American Association; the Special Agent in Charge Award from the FBI Miami Division; the 2016 Law Enforcement Foundation Award for Prosecutor of the Year; the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area abatement Award; the 2012 US Department of Justice Hugo Black Award; the US Department of Commerce NOAA Award for interdiction of smuggled endangered species; the Nucleo Polizia Tributaria from the Guardia Di Finanza in Pescara, Italy; and the Noted Judiciary Award from the Jamaican American Bar Association.  He is a sought after speaker at graduation exercises and religious institutions.  Concomitantly, Mr. Hemming presently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for Jamaica College. Penultimately, Norman serves on the Diversity Committee for Broward County School Board. More importantly, Norman is married for 26 years to his wife Carol, and is the father of two children, Imani, a First year law student and Rachel who is a Senior at Florida International University.

Dawit Jeffery, JP

Education: Donald Quarrie High School, Excelsior High School and The Mico University College (BSc. Guidance and Counselling).

Marital Status: Married – Sanque Richards Jeffery

Religion: Christian for over 15 years at Glad Tidings Church of the First Born

Personal and Professional Involvement:

• Guidance Counsellor- Stony Hill Technical High School

• Justice of the Peace

• Leader and Founder of the True Heroes Under God (T.H.U.G) Ministries

• Logistics/Road Manager – Marq Johnson (Artiste at Imago Dei Life)

• President – Gold Street Police Youth Club

• President – Area 4 Police Youth Club Council Executive

• President – Glad Tidings Assembly Men’s Ministry

• Radio Host – Power 106 – MoGAVA Raising Boys The Journey to Manhood

• Grace and Staff Community Development – Representative and Beneficiary

• Motivational Speaker and Master of Ceremonies  (Internationally)

• Assistant Regional Superintendent of Sunday school

• Assistant Group Leader/Public Relations Officer/Marketing Manager – Youth Fellowship

• Chairman of Regional Sunday School Planning Committee

• Production and Technical Officer of Sunday School

Kevin R. Junor

Kevin Junor is a retired Deputy Superintendent from the Ministry of the Solicitor General. During his career in the Ontario Public Service he has held other positions including change management consultant, senior business and policy advisor.

Kevin also has a distinguished career with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves). He progressed through the ranks and was appointed the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and is now commissioned officer. He has been a speaker at international military training colleges. Further, he was deployed to Sierra Leone as a senior military advisor providing leadership and tactical advice. He is active in the community and has been the chair and member for various boards of directors including the Policing Advisory Council of Caledon. He is the International Liaison Officer for the JCCF and a member of the GJDC. Kevin has received a number of awards including the Order of Military Merit.

Published by Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

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