Police get training in non-lethal force
Twenty six members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are currently undergoing training to use non-lethal force as they carry out their crime-fighting duties.
The training began at the Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St Catherine on Monday and is slated to end on Saturday.
The national security ministry says the 26 trainees will return to the various Divisions, Branches and Formations to train other members of the force.
It says upon the completion of the course on Saturday, each member will be issued with a utility belt for a baton, a retractable baton and a pair of handcuffs.
The course is being conducted and funded by the United States Government.
There’s to be a demonstration today in the presence of Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams; the Charge d' Affairs of the US Embassy, Elizabeth Lee Martinez; and other officials and high-ranking members of the JCF.
Over the years, the police have been criticised for using deadly force in circumstances in which individuals could have been apprehended or subdued without the use of a gun.
However, this week, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) reported improvements noting that there has been a steady decline in the number of security-force related fatalities for the past 10 months of 2014.
It said at the end of October 2014, it recorded 103 killings by members of the security forces or 117 fewer than the similar period last year when 220 such incidents were recorded.
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