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Protocol to be established for treatment of injured police personnel

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security has been charged to work along with the Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of the West Indies, to establish a protocol on how policemen injured in the line of duty are treated at health facilities.

Portfolio Minister Dr Horace Chang made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today.

Chang said that the protocol is to be established during the 2018/19 financial year.

“It is necessary that we as a country provide for the welfare of our police officers, especially those injured in the line of duty. The policeman's job is unique in that he or she swears to serve and protect, fully conscious that in so doing he or she is at risk to lose their own life,” Chang said.

“We must, therefore, establish protocols for how injured police officers should be treated effectively and comprehensively. Those on the front line must be assured that the State will be there for them,” he added.

The minister noted that when a police officer is injured in the line of duty, he must have no concern about whether he will be afforded medical care from the State.

In addition, Chang said that a member of the police service charged with an offence while in the lawful execution of his duties must be supported by the State until the Court decides his/her innocence.

“This must include the legal support to aid in his/her defence,” the minister pointed out.

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