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Police warned about showing political allegiance during election campaign period

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams, has warned members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that they must not do or say anything that may be interpreted as political during the ongoing election campaign period. 

He says JCF members who breach the rules will be severely punished. 

Williams issued the warning in the latest Force Orders circulated to the more than 10,000 JCF members last Friday. 

He reminded the cops of the JCF rule that members are prohibited from making any public expression showing allegiance to any political party.

He adds that private discussions on a national issue should not be interpreted as being in favour of or against any party. 

The JCF says members could be suspended and interdicted as forms of punishment for a breach. 

JCF members cannot engage in any political duties even if off duty.

They also are barred from wearing party colours in a manner that could suggest political affiliation. 

The Commissioner says the image of the JCF must not be smeared during the election campaign.