‘Improve Mental Screening for Cops’ – Dr. Abel

One of the country’s leading psychiatrists, Dr Wendel Abel, is calling for the psychiatric profiling of persons seeking to enter the constabulary force.

Dr. Abel says this kind of screening is crucial, given the rate of murder-suicides involving police personnel.

His comments follow news on the weekend, that a Police Constable killed his girlfriend before turning his weapon on himself.

On Sunday, 28-year-old, Constable Rajon Stephens, who was attached to the Hunts Bay Police Station, shot his girlfriend at her Duhaney Park home in St Andrew.

He then drove to St. Mary, where he stopped on the Agualta Vale main road and shot himself.

He died while being treated at hospital.

There have been at least three murder suicides involving Police personnel since the start of the year.

According to Dr. Abel, Constable Stephens and his girlfriend may have been victims of a problematic relationship.

Dr. Abel says the Police High Command must facilitate enhanced mental screening for current and prospective members of the JCF.

Dr. Abel, who leads the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies, says some police personnel may be hesitant about seeking help for their mental problems, as such a move could damage their hopes of securing promotions.

Jevon is a Reporter/Producer/Presenter with NNN. He holds a BA in Mass Communication (Journalism: emphasis) from Northern Caribbean University (NCU).