Police Federation Urges Govt to Reconsider Garbage Dump Deployment

The Jamaica Police Federation is urging the government to reconsider proposals to deploy members of the security forces, to secure the nation’s garbage disposal sites.

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, announced that military and police personnel are to be dispatched to the Riverton City, and Retirement disposal sites as the authorities try to prevent more fires at the facilities.

This following claims that the recent fires at both facilities were the work of arsonists.

Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, says the plan may be in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

She says certain conditions must be met by employers before workers are asked to work in such a hazardous environment.

In the meantime, Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson, is echoing the call of the Jamaica Police Federation.

He says the government must consider other means of securing garbage disposal sites.

Mr. Jackson is also chiding Local Government Minister< Desmond McKenzie, for suggesting that political sabotage is behind the recent fires at disposal sites across the island.

The Opposition Spokesman says the suggestion is wreckless.

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