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INDECOM concerned about frequent accidental discharge of firearm

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:56 PM
INDECOM is asking law enforcement bodies to take all the necessary steps to ensure that the training mechanisms, firearm discipline, or retraining, where necessary, are carried out to ensure that firearms are handled in the best interest of the public's safety and security personnel themselves - File photo.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is concerned about the frequency of incidents of accidental discharge of firearms by members of the security forces. 

INDECOM is asking law enforcement bodies to take all the necessary steps to ensure that the training mechanisms, firearm discipline, or retraining, where necessary, are carried out to ensure that firearms are handled in the best interest of the public's safety and security personnel themselves. 

At its first quarterly press briefing for the year, INDECOM indicated that in 2019 there were 25 incidents of the accidental discharge of a firearm by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

There was no case involving members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in 2019. 

In 2020, there were 30 instances of accidental discharge of a firearm by JCF members and five by JDF personnel. 

In 2021, for the quarter ending March 31, there were two cases of accidental discharge of a firearm by the JCF and one by the JDF. 

INDECOM said further data analysis showed that in 2020, nine of the accidental discharge incidents resulted in eight cops being injured and one person from the JDF being injured. 

Up to the end of April this year, there have been three accidental discharge incidents in which four police personnel have been injured. 

- Andre Williams

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