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JAMAICA | Pol Com needs to assure public in face of rogue cops' shooting incident

People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, M.P People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, M.P
KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 30, 2019: The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, M.P., says he is concerned about a dossier of information surrounding the shooting incident on the Old Harbour Road, involving rogue cops who were on suspension, but maintained possession of their service weapons and use of a service vehicle.

Mr. Jackson said the Commissioner of Police should not delay his accounting to the public of the incident because it has far-reaching implications for public safety.

The Shadow Minister said the Police Commissioner must use the opportunity to assure the public that this incident is not the routine for suspended police personnel to continue having access to their service weapon and service vehicle while under investigation.

It is important, Mr. Jackson said, that the Police Commissioner takes the necessary steps to preserve the public’s confidence in the police service he leads, and is responsible for, because the majority of lawmen are law abiding members of the Constabulary.

The Shadow Minister said it would be grossly unfair and irresponsible to allow the situation to languish without explanation and risk damaging the reputation of the decent and hard-working members of the JCF.

From all accounts, it appears that a procedural breakdown has taken place, resulting in the situation wherein suspended officers retained service firearm and the Commissioner of Police should use the occasion to conduct an internal audit immediately to determine whether other suspended officers of the Constabulary are still in possession of their service weapons.

This situation is being further compounded by reports swirling around that the alleged rogue cops were not suspended, but actual part of some special squad, for which the Commissioner must give account.

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