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Police Commissioner assures safety, security despite sick-out by rank and file police

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:36 PM
A policeman directs traffic in downtown Kingston at the corner of Orange and Beckford streets yesterday.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo says despite the low numbers of police personnel, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be maintaining safety during the holidays. 

In a tweet a few hours ago, he said the JCF was aware of the apprehension among citizens, but the police would be maintaining a strong presence along  roadways, shopping centres.

He said the police would also be answering all calls for assistance.   

Since yesterday, several police divisions across the country have been reporting an unusually high number of rank-and-file members calling in sick, prompting fears that the cops have stepped up their protest over the Government's failure to make them an improved wage offer.

Earlier this month, some one thousand 200 rank-and-file cops called in sick despite claims from the Police Federation, which represents them, that there was no organised sick-out.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner is advising citizens to take care while on the streets during the holidays.

He is urging people to keep valuables out of sight and to arrange rooms in their homes so that valuables are not visible from the doorway or ground level windows. 

And, persons shopping during grand market are being advised not to overload themselves with packages so that they will be in a position to respond to any danger that may arise.