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Police stage sick-out, US embassy alerts citizens in Ja

Published:Saturday | December 23, 2017 | 6:10 PM

There are reports this evening that hundreds of police men and women across the island staged a sick-out today.

There are reports that the sick-out will continue tomorrow.

The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre understands that several police formations in the Corporate Area and some rural areas were worst affected.

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, would not comment on the sick-out.

The police and the government are locked in a wage negotiation for the 2017-2019 contract period.

The government has twice offered the police a six per cent increase over the two-year period, but both offers have been rejected.

Meanwhile, the United States Embassy in Kingston has confirmed that American citizens residing in Jamaica were notified about the protest action by the police.

However, Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy Jeremiah Knight says the messages was simply to alert American citizens and was not a travel warning or advisory about Jamaica.

Knight notes that there are a number of Americans living in Jamaica who have registered with the embassy.

He says those persons are part of a group that receives periodic messages to ensure they are aware of things happening in Jamaica.