Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has ordered an increase in the issuing of batons, pepper sprays and other non-lethal devices to police personnel deployed on front-line duties.
The order came as Ellington noted that "from observations made and feedback obtained, members are not being routinely issued with pepper spray/mace when deployed on duties.
"This is unacceptable and not in keeping with the objectives of the use-of-force and firearm policy," he wrote in the weekly Force Orders to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
"In addition to firearms, personnel deployed on duties, especially those of an operational nature, are to be issued with batons and incapacitating chemical sprays as far as resources permit," the commissioner insisted.
Ellington's order comes nearly a week after a shooting incident in Yallahs, St Thomas, in which 27-year-old Kayann Lamont, who was eight months pregnant, was allegedly shot and killed by police Corporal Dwayne Smart.