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District constables unsettled over roles since police force merger

Published:Friday | May 9, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Damion Mitchell, News Editor - Radio & Online

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaica's district constables are now seeking a meeting with the Police High Command and the National Security Minister to explain how their roles will be impacted by the current merger of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and one of its auxiliaries, the Island Special Constabulary Force.

The chairman of the district constable association, Delroy Davis, says he is disappointed that throughout the process, the police High Command has failed to initiate direct contact with his office to explain the potential impact.

Davis says he suspects that the merger will result in increased duties for Jamaica's 2400 district constables.

The merger of the red-seamed Jamaica Constabulary Force and the blue-seamed Island Special Constabulary Force is now almost complete with the overwhelming majority of the blue-seamed cops taking the oath of office for the JCF.

The Association which represent blue-seamed police was trying to block the merger through the courts on the grounds that it required an act of Parliament.

However, the matter was thrown out because of a procedural error made by the association.


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