Police Officers Fleeing Jamaica Due To Low Salaries, Lack Of Resources – Shields

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Former Deputy Police Commissioner, Mark Shields says lack of resources and low salaries are driving trained police officers out of the country.

Mr Shields says many opportunities exist outside of the Constabulary for police seeking better wages overseas.

The former Scotland Yard Cop says lottery scamming and cyber-crimes are two crime trends that continue to pose a challenge.


The Former Deputy Commissioner of Police says while he feels safe in Jamaica, he’s annoyed by the constant harassment from so- called windscreen wipers in sections of the Corporate Area.

The former Scotland Yard officer says there must be a zero tolerance approach in dealing with this type of harassment and indiscipline in parts of the country.

While he admits the police have to focus on other priority areas, Mr Shields says there’s need for behaviour change.

Mr. Shields was speaking yesterday on Ms Kitty Live.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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