Police, church collaborating on revised protocol for turning in wanted men
The General Secretary of the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches, Reverend Gary Harriott, says his organisation is currently working with the police to revise the protocol for clergymen who help wanted men surrender to the security forces.
Reverend Gary Harriott's announcement follows yesterday’s sentencing of popular pastor Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller.
READ: A church member greets Al Miller following his $1-million sentencing at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby photo
Miller was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was found in his vehicle six years ago.
Harriott says a protocol was established in the past, but the current one will be more detailed.
He says the revision of the protocol was not triggered by Miller's case, but by previous issues with the police and churches.
After Miller’s sentencing yesterday, Bishop Herro Blair said pastors need to rethink how they help the police.
However, Harriott urged pastors to continue helping wanted persons to surrender to the police, but to seek advice from security personnel when doing this.
Meanwhile, Bishop Herro Blair has announced that the police high command has requested a meeting with him following his statement that pastors need to reconsider helping wanted persons surrender to the police.
Speaking on RJR’s Hotline this morning, Blair said he received a call from Police Commissioner today.
However, Blair said he is not sure how many pastors will be in attendance at that meeting.