Security Consultant and former Deputy Commissioner in charge of crime, Mark Shields, says the police must be meticulous in planning operations involving suspects believed to be in possession of high powered weapons.

His comments follow the killing of two policemen on Friday, allegedly by a gunman wielding a high powered weapon.

Two other policeman were also seriously injured during the operation in Horizon Park, St. Catherine.

Mr. Shields says bullet proof vests are no protection against high powered weapons like M-16s and AK-47s, which Jamaican criminals are known to have.

As a result, Mr. Shields says planning must be meticulous for operations in which suspects are believed to have these types of weapons.
He says this should include calling in a specialized firearms or tactical team like a SWAT team or the military.

And the former Deputy Commissioner says kicking in a door should be the last resort, only if there is an immediate threat to life.He says the police should try to get the suspect to surrender.

Mark Shields, Security Consultant and former Deputy Commissioner in charge of crime.
He was speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Kalilah Reynolds and Abka Fitz Henley.