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US Embassy pleased with local security personnel's approach to security scare

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 2:17 PMGary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

The United States Embassy in Kingston has expressed approval of what it describes as the professional approach adopted by local security personnel in dealing with another security scare at the Old Hope Road facility.

Joshua Polacheck, IRC Associate/Education USA Advisor at the embassy, told The Gleaner that a plastic bag was placed at the entrance to the embassy.

Polacheck said the bag was placed there by an occupant of a motor vehicle.

"A car pulled up in front of the US embassy. Someone opened the door and placed a plastic bag in front of the main entrance and drove off", he said.

Polacheck said the necessary precautionary measures were instituted but nothing damaging was found in the bag.

“We instituted normal security procedures and got excellent response from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),” he said.

Polacheck told The Gleaner that the Canine Unit was also on the scene.

“The dogs did not detect anything, and the JCF opened the package but found nothing harmful inside and we opened for normal business.”

This is the second time in five months that operations at the US Embassy have been disrupted by a security scare.

The first occurred days before the arrival of United States President Barack Obama in April.

A man reportedly threw a bag over the wall, and this triggered heightened security, bringing activities to a halt.

The man was taken into custody.