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Transportation for off-duty cops among hot topics for police federation conference

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 5:22 AM
Police Federation Chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson has been agitating for transportation for cops to and from work.

The issue of transportation for police personnel to and from work is among the items listed for discussion at the annual Jamaica Police Federation conference which begins today at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in St James.

The matter reignited two weeks ago following the murder of police corporal Judith Williams who was shot at a bus stop while on her way to work.

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Her death came eight months after Corporal Crystal Thomas was shot dead on a bus while on her way home after completing duties at the Denham Town Police Station.

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Following Thomas’ death the police federation had demanded that the authorities begin to provide transportation for cops to and from work.

However, there had been no favourable response.

Meanwhile the matters of salaries and the impact of rogue cops on the force are also expected to be discussed.

Delegates from police divisions islandwide will be attending the two-day conference.

Community activist Dr Henley Morgan will give the keynote address.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams, Minister of National Security Robert Montague, and Opposition Spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting are also expected attend.