Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Police federation gives gov't 14-day ultimatum to change ZOSO clause

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 10:27 AM

The Jamaica police federation has given the government a 14-day ultimatum to change clauses in the Zones of Special Operations Act (ZOSO), which affect the terms of service of cops.

The Federation has previously raised concerns about sections of the ZOSO Act which amends Section 5 and Section 70 of the Constabulary Force Act.

Under the amended Constabulary Force Act, Sub-officers and Constables are now required to give six months notice of intention to resign or face a possible fine of $250,000 or three months in prison.

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

 In a release yesterday, the Federation said three months have elapsed since the new conditions were imposed and no change has been made. 

Chairman of the Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson says the group has instructed its attorneys to give the Minister of Justice fourteen 14 days within which to amend the relevant sections of the ZOSO Act. 

He says in the event that this is not done, an application will be made to the court to decide whether the constitutional rights of the members have been breached or are likely to be breached by the new provisions.