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Police Federation heading to court over changes to Constabulary Force Act

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 12:53 PM
Representatives of the Federation this morning met with their lawyer, Bert Samuels where the decision was taken.

The Jamaica Police Federation is to mount a legal challenge to changes to the Constabulary Force Act governing the issue of resignation.

Representatives of the Federation this morning met with their lawyer, Bert Samuels where the decision was taken.

The Federation is expected to sue the Police Commissioner and the Ministry of National Security over the changes.

Samuels explains the basis of the lawsuit.

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Under the amended Constabulary Force Act, Sub-officers and Constables are now required to give six months notice of intention to resign.

They are also required to serve the five year enlistment period and cannot resign until then.

Those who fail to comply could be convicted and face a fine of $250,000 or three months in prison.

The Federation is also expected to file legal action challenging the Zones of Special Operations Act.

Under section 70 of the Act, federated members cannot meet as a group without the consent of the Police Commissioner.

Members of the Force now face a fine of $1-million if they are convicted for breaching the Act. The previous fine was $2.