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More than 1,000 JCF members out 'sick'

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 1:22 PM
This file photo shows the Olympic Gardens Police Station in Kingston. The Jamaica Constabulary Force says about 1,000 of its rank and file members have called in sick.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says about 1,000 of its rank and file members have not reported for duties today. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Assan Thompson, gave that update on Power 106 FM earlier today. 

Dozens of JCF members represented by the Police Federation started calling in sick from late yesterday crippling the functions of the police force.

They are taking action to press their demands for an improved wage offer from the Government.

Assistant Commissioner Thompson, told Cliff Hughes on his programme,  Cliff Hughes Online, this morning that senior officers along with members of the Jamaica Defense Force are helping to lessen the effects of the police protest. 

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Assan Thompson

The senior policeman is seeking to assure citizens that their protection is being safeguarded.

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Assan Thompson

Trainees from the Jamaica Police Academy have also been called in to give assistance. 

Our news centre last night obtained a copy of a message that one police source says was sent to members warning about a hurricane which would make landfall at daybreak today.

The police use code words to discuss their strategies and it's understood that a 'hurricane' means five days of sick leave.