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Stop using sirens to navigate traffic unnecessarily, JCF members ordered

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 4:36 AM
It said drivers of some marked police vehicles are engaged in a habit of using the siren to navigate traffic without any obvious evidence that the units were involved in emergency patrols or pursuit operation.

The police High Command has ordered members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to stop abusing their authority by using service vehicles and sirens to navigate traffic when there is no apparent emergency. 

The directive was given in a reminder published in the latest Force Orders issued last week.

Members of the public routinely complain about the use of sirens and how members of the force use the roads.

The High Command reiterated a complaint that sometimes service vehicles are observed being driven in a manner which contravenes the Force's policy regarding Emergency Patrol and Pursuit Operation.

It said drivers of some marked police vehicles are engaged in a habit of using the siren to navigate traffic without any obvious evidence that the units were involved in emergency patrols or pursuit operation.

It added that sometimes the service vehicles are seen being driven on the soft shoulder or on the right-hand side of the road which intimidates other motorists in the process. 

JCF members were reminded that if they have to use the siren, it must first communicate with Police Emergency Control Centre and reason and duration of use must be given.

Additionally, members in legitimate use of the siren, are to use the correct tone that is identified with the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The High Command also asked JCF members who observe breaches to report them.