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Police Officer's Association urges government to address conditions at lock ups

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Police Officers’ Association (POA) says it is gravely concerned about the squalid and inhumane condition of police lock ups across the island.




In a release this afternoon, the association said it is a known fact that most cells are overcrowded, poorly built and lack adequate personal care facilities.



According to the association, these conditions expose both police and inmates alike to grave personal risks.



In addition, the POA says the conditions and inadequate cell capacity greatly hamper the force’s crime management strategies.



The association says it has taken note of the island wide audit of police lock ups ordered by National Security Minister Peter Bunting in light of the controversial beating death of Mario Deane last week.



And while it has no objection to the audit, the Police Officer’s Association is urging the government to expedite plans to refurbish police lockups in line with international human rights standards.



It also notes that there are hundreds of unutilised vacancies at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre which could be used to address the issues affecting police lockups.



In the meantime, the association is encouraging members to continue the difficult task of caring for inmates under such difficult conditions.



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