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INDECOM concerned about care of weapons by JCF members

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 5:35 PM
Hamish Campbell, the Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations says more has to be done to address the problem of securing weapons.

Hamish Campbell, the Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), says the body remains concerned that members of the police force continue to fail to observe proper practices for the safe keeping of weapons.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Campbell emphasised that police personnel are responsible for the care and control of weapons in their possession and this responsibility must be taken seriously.

He pointed out that some deaths would have been prevented if police personnel acted more responsibly.

In making the point, the INDECOM assistant commissioner cited last week’s incident in Kingston in which a 13-year-old schoolboy shot and killed himself with the service weapon of his father who is a policeman.

Campbell also cited the recent incident in Olympic Gardens, St Andrew in which a policeman allegedly fell asleep in a service car and his weapon stolen by a man of unsound mind.

The man was subsequently shot and killed by the police.

Campbell said more has to be done to address the problem of securing weapons. 

 

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM, Hamish Campbell

Additionally, the INDECOM assistant commissioner said the investigative oversight body is also concerned about the illegal discharging of firearms by members of the police force.

Campbell said these incidents continued to occur and steps must be taken to curb the practice.