COMMISSIONER OF Police Owen Ellington has announced a number of new measures he says police personnel must observe when dealing with children who are taken into custody.
The measures are to be implemented immediately.
At the top of the list outlined in the weekly Force Orders released yesterday, Ellington said the Child Development Agency and the Office of the Children's Advocate should now be notified "as soon as a child is taken into custody."
Ellington, in an obvious attempt to appease local children rights groups, also warned his subordinates that "under no circumstances should children and adults be transported or placed in the same cell or holding area, whether at court or police lock-ups".
"Commanding officers must ensure that these provisions are brought to the attention of members under their command by way of lecture," he instructed.
The commissioner also urged the men and women under his command to ensure that children taken into custody are placed before the court within 48 hours.