No guns at sporting events

No guns at sporting events

Commish orders off-duty cops to leave their guns at home

Jamaica Observer

Friday, April 01, 2011

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POLICE commissioner Owen Ellington has ordered all off duty cops to desist from the practice of taking their guns to sporting events.
Ellington said the Police High Command had been informed that the off-duty cops were refusing to cooperate with security personnel who attempt to deny them entry to these events because they are armed.
He gave the order in this week's force orders.
"It has been brought to my attention that off-duty police personnel attending events staged at the National Stadium and Sabina Park such as football and cricket matches, have been carrying firearms into the stadium/park and are un-cooperative with security personnel on duty when directed to comply with the security requirements," he said.
Apart from cops and security guards who are assigned to these events, the venues should otherwise be kept free of firearms, offensive weapons and other prohibited items, he reminded.
"With immediate effect in keeping with security protocol governing such events, off-duty police personnel attending such events must desist from this practice as failure to comply will result in strong disciplinary action being taken against them," Ellington said.

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