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Police encourage recording of cops on duty, probing arrest of a man for same reason

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 1:43 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Police High Command has issued a statement encouraging residents to record cops while carrying out their duties even as it launches a probe into the reported arrest of a St Ann resident for the same reason.

In a letter to the editor, the St Ann resident complained that he was arrested by the police for taking their photographs.

READ: Blogger arrested for photographing cops

The issue was also widely circulated on social media on the weekend.

The Police High Command says it is within the rights of every member of the public to record the activities of any member of the force carrying out duties in the public.

"It should also be noted that this type of activity is encouraged by the Police High Command as it often times help in allegations of police misconduct," said a spokesperson in the release.

In the meantime, following the incident in St Ann, the Police High Command has issued the following directives to the St Ann Divisional Commanders:

*Undertake an immediate investigation into the matter with a view of bringing disciplinary charges if it is found out that the rights of the member of the public was breached.

*Meet with the community to ensure their relationship with the police is not in anyway damaged by this incident.

*Remind police personnel on duty about the rights of citizens when carrying out their duties.


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