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Senior cop in trouble over State of Emergency media leak

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 10:31 AM
Soldiers patrol the streets of Flanker in St James yesterday before the announcement of the declaration of a State of Public Emergency in the western parish - Adrian Frater photo

Arthur Hall, Associate Editor

A senior member of the police force is now facing possible disciplinary action after allegedly pre-empting Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announcement of the state of public emergency in St James yesterday.

Hours before the mid-day media briefing called by Holness to announce that a proclamation had been signed by the governor general and gazetted, the senior cop was named as confirming that a state of emergency had been declared in the parish.

"It was a clear breach of protocol and the matter is being probed. He could be referred to the Police Service Commission for action to be taken against him," a highly placed security official told The Gleaner, a short while ago.

There has been no official word yet from the Police High Command.

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