Smith Expresses Shock at Police Murder/Suicide in St. Ann

Release Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 15:30

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, says he is shocked and disturbed at reports of an alternation involving two policemen in St. Ann on Sunday morning, which saw one policeman killing the other and then taking his own life.

Mr. Smith says the nature of Sunday's incident is particularly disturbing and has understandably sent shock waves throughout the Constabulary.

The Opposition Spokesman said: "Sunday's murder/suicide in St. Ann, brings into sharp focus the temperament of police officers and their capacity to exercise restraint, both on and off the job. even more importantly, it raises questions as to whether the JCF has sufficient safeguards in place to identify members under particular stress or whose conduct has become high risk,and to take mitigating actions."

Mr. Smith said: "The enormous responsibilities that come with the possession of a firearm must always be impressed upon members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. I am urging Commissioner Williams to ensure that this is being done and is being done in a manner that is likely to see good temperament and greater levels of restraint being exercised by members of the constabulary where firearm usage is concerned."

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