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Opposition questions safeguards in JCF to deal with 'high-risk' cops

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 6:38 PM
Opposition spokesman on National Security Derrick Smith

Opposition spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, noted that the cops' death may have resulted from an altercation between the two and not an accident as some reports have suggested.

According to Smith, the death of the two policemen under questionable circumstances this morning brings into sharp focus the temperament of police officers and their capacity to exercise restraint, both on and off the job.

He says even more importantly, it raises questions about whether the police force has sufficient safeguards in place to identify members under stress or whose conduct has become high risk.

According to Smith, policemen and women must be made to understand that the responsibilities that come with possessing a firearm are enormous.

He is urging Commissioner of Police Dr Karl Williams to ensure that officers and other police personnel fully understand their responsibility in order to improve the levels of temperament in the Constabulary and levels of restraint exercised by its members.