Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has met with family members of a man shot dead by police in Stand Pipe, St Andrew last week, that triggered protests including the blocking of Old Hope Road, a major thoroughfare in the capital city.
Shay Williams, 24, labourer was shot and killed on Tuesday night, July 3. Residents say he was shot in cold blood.
Police said the Commissioner met with Williams’ family and other community representatives of the Cedar Valley Road (Standpipe) community Monday morning, July 9.
A police release said: “Major General Anderson affirmed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will do all that is required of the organisation to ensure the matter is properly investigated, to include conducting an administrative review in keeping with the professional standards of the JCF.
“He has also assured the family that the matter is a priority, and that the Police are fully cooperating with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which is primarily leading the investigation.”
Meanwhile a separate release from the police said the Commissioner is reminding members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that unprofessional conduct is unacceptable and will be sanctioned.
That release did not reference any incident that resulted in the statement from the Commisisoner.
He stressed that all Police Officers must avoid any form of abuse of authority when dealing with the public, and therefore must not make threats, intimidate or harass anyone in the execution of their duties. Additionally, Police Officers must maintain proper use of force and not abuse their authority under any circumstance.
Major General Anderson also noted that, in keeping with the need to enhance public safety and to partner with citizens for safer communities, the professional Police Officer has a sworn duty to perform with integrity; and must serve, protect and reassure all members of society.
Members of the force are further reminded that the credibility of the JCF is dependent on its corporate image and reputation; and all members must seek at all times, to observe established protocols in the conduct of themselves and the performance of their duties.
The Commissioner is also reminding members of the public of their right to file complaints about the Police in instances where they experienced unprofessional conduct. They may do so by calling the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) at 876-906-5325 or 876-754-8217.
By Frankin McKnight