The Jamaica Police Federation is expected to bring to the attention of Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson this week, the case of a police constable, who claims he was punished for ticketing a businessman who reportedly has connections to senior members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
A report said to have been written by the constable has been in circulation on social media. According to the report, the constable issued a traffic ticket to a motorist who failed to present a fitness certificate for the vehicle he was driving. The motorist was said to transporting a vehicle from the wharf for the owner of a car mart.
The constable said he was subsequently removed from frontline duty and assigned to cell duties for at least three months after a high-ranking officer accused him of having limited knowledge of the Road Traffic Act. The accusation was reportedly made during a meeting in the presence of the other policemen and two employees of the car mart.
The constable said he was told in that meeting that he should not have issued the ticket and revealed arrangements were made to have the ticket destroyed. All this, he said, happened in the presence of all the participants in the meeting.
Also contained in the report was the claim by the policeman that the senior officer said that in issuing the ticket, he, the constable, had damaged the relationship between the police and operators of the car mart.
The constable said he was then placed on cell duties and ordered to undergo probationers’ lecture, both for a three-month period, before he would be assessed to determine his career path thereafter.
Since the incident Corporal Arlene McBean, Chairwoman of the Jamaica Police Federation said an investigation has been launched into the incident and the matter will be brought to the attention of Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson.
Furthermore, she said the federation intends to “ensure that nothing similar to this happens to any other member of the force”.
She urged rank and file members of the force to report incidents of abuse by their commanding officers.
“No one’s rights should be trampled upon, and when you go out there to perform your duty in the most professional way, no one must question your authority… constable or otherwise,” she said.