#StJamesSOE: Cops appeal for change of clothing for detainees

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Freeport police in St James are appealing to relatives of individuals being detained to take items of clothing to that facility this morning between 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

Since the declaration of the state of emergency, more than 197 people have been taken into custody by the security forces.

It is reported that on Sunday, January 21, 2018 about 1:00 pm several people, who are not relatives of detainees, descended on the Freeport Police Station and some of them attempted to gain unlawful access to a section of the facility used to house the detainees.

“The visitors became boisterous and were forced to leave the station compound. As a result of this open hostility the police were forced to discontinue the visit,” the Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported this morning.

Lawmen have since renewed their appeal to relatives of individuals in custody to cooperate and take at least one change of clothing for their relatives to the Freeport Police Station during the designated hours today.

According to Inspector Dian Bartley, “We have an obligation to uphold the human rights and preserve the human dignity of every individual in our custody. Persons who are not associated with detainees one way or another are encouraged to avoid attending the police facility and creating unnecessary challenges as just now we need the support of all law abiding persons to make the process smoother for all parties involved.”

She further encouraged that relatives of detainees may seek the assistance of Legal Aid representatives whose services are made available through the Ministry of Justice and the Cornwall Bar Association.

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