UPDATED: Deceitful act! Police commissioner blasts use of cops' images on JLP fliers
Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, has blasted unscrupulous persons who have used the images of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to create campaign paraphernalia.
In statement today, Dr. Williams says persons took a photograph posted on its official Facebook page in 2012 and manipulated the image to give the impression that the five on-duty police personnel and by extension the JCF, are a part of the JLP’s campaign machinery.
He says the use of image in this fashion is an unfortunate and deceitful act.
According to the police commissioner, the action has put the members in an uncomfortable position and at risk of unnecessary negative attention, especially during this emotionally-charged period.
Williams stressed that the creation and publication of these images in no way define the political position of the organisation emphasising that the JCF is a neutral body.
He condemned the use of these images, and explicitly distanced the JCF from these images and their designer.
The police commissioner says the JCF cannot afford and will not allow the continued use of the images which he says may serve to malign the professional conduct which the police have and will continue to display during the election period.
Meanwhile, Williams reiterated that police personnel should desist from overt expressions of support for one party or another saying this is prohibited as outlined in the JCF’s Book of Rules.
The police commissioner says the Inspectorate of Constabulary will be monitoring the general professionalism of members on Election Day and will investigate reports of police misconduct or unprofessional behaviour.
He says any member who acts in a manner counter to the set rules of operations will be severely dealt with.
*Note: Earlier we reported that the Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams blasted the JLP for the unauthorised use of the images of JCF members as part of its election campaign. Dr Williams did not name the JLP in his statement but spoke to person(s) who created the paraphernalia for the JLP.