Name and shame senior officers guilty of sexual harassment, says Falconer
A member of the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration says the police High Command should 'name and shame' senior officers who are guilty of sexually harassing other cops.
The call has come from minister with responsibility for information and gender affairs, Senator Sandrea Falconer, in reaction to a report carried today by The Gleaner.
She posted on Facebook that the behaviour revealed by the High Command is 'shameful' and urged Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams to release the names of the guilty senior officers.
In a warning issued last week, the Commissioner told senior members to stop harassing members of the 148-year-old police force.
He did not state the actual number of complaints the force has received about the issue, but noted that they are 'numerous'.
Dr Williams says the harassment occurs in the force in various forms including unwanted physical contact such as actual touching, fondling and pinching.
He also pointed to a practice it calls “cornering or trapping” where perpetrators apparently lean over workers in confined spaces.
The High Command has published a list of guidelines which it says should be applied to any situation with immediate effect.
Among the guidelines is an instruction for an immediate investigation, once reports are filed.