Cop seeks refuge at TV station

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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A policeman, who claimed that he being victimised by his colleagues in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, yesterday morning sought refuge in an office at
CVM-TV on Constant Spring Road in Kingston.

The policeman locked himself away in the office for several hours, creating anxious moments for staff of the television station, and only came out after investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) arrived.

"The policeman went to the media house in tears from about 6:00 am, demanding that his case be heard by media personnel," said a source. The policeman, he said, went to the TV station with in his bulletproof vest on and had several documents in hand, and allegedly told staff that he would not leave until he spoke to members from INDECOM.

INDECOM investigators were up to press time still collecting information from the policeman, and told the Jamaica Observer that an investigation would be launched into the matter.

In the meantime, the Police High Command alleged that the policeman had been suffering from stress since a 2009 case where he was charged with larceny of a firearm but was acquitted and reinstated in December 2010 after one year away from the job, but was undergoing counselling.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Cochrane, head of Police Area 3, where the man was stationed said, the latest counselling session for the policeman took place on Saturday.

"He has had some legal challenges with his job where he was charged criminally for a firearm that went missing when he was in Clarendon," said Cochrane. According to the senior officer, the constable was later acquitted and reinstated.

"Since the incident, he had reported that he felt that he was being victimised and that he was not being treated fairly," said one police source yesterday.

Cochrane, meanwhile, said that since yesterday's 'ordeal' the police, through the various systems implemented to deal with such situation, had taken time out to ensure that the best care was given to the policeman.

He said that the policeman was never reissued with a firearm and he was placed behind a desk to minimise his contact with members of the public while on duty.

Cochrane, meanwhile, said the constabulary, if asked, would readily assist the team from INDECOM in the matter.




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