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Annotto Bay police without critical equipment, gear for #HurricaneMatthew

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 11:24 AM
Huge waves crash into the remains of a seawall behind the Annotto Bay Health Centre in St Mary as #HurricaneMatthew nears - Ian Allen photo

Livern Barrett & Akino Ming, Gleaner Reporters

Police personnel in Annotto Bay, St Mary say they are without critical equipment to help maintain law and order in the coastal town that is prone to flooding and looting.

According to one policeman, the Annotto Bay Police Station has been without a generator for some time.

In addition, he said policemen and women there do not have water boots, rain coats or head gear.

"This is a dangerous town in terms of flooding and looting. We are first responders and we nuh have nothing," the policeman lamented as heavy rains began in the seaside town.

Assistant Superintendent Jervis Williams, who heads the Annotto Bay Police, declined to comment on the shortage of equipment.

However, Williams sought to assurance that the men and women under his command will be out in the streets carrying out their duties.

"We are going to do our best to secure life and property. We are going to do the best we can," he said.

In addition, ASP Williams said the police have given business operators tips on how to secure their establishments.

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