The Police High Command is confirming that an employee of the Criminal Records Office has died, while at least one other employee has had to be hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.
The office, which is located at 34 Duke Street in downtown, Kingston, was closed yesterday, after preliminary results of air quality tests carried out last week raised serious concerns about the quality of the air in the building.
However, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, Fitz Bailey, says no direct link has yet been established between the employee’s death and the air quality issues.
DCP Bailey says they got a report from the health department yesterday, that the facility should be closed.
In a statement yesterday, the Police High Command says it’s taken the decision to close the office for a week to remedy the situation and protect the well-being of staff and customers.
The JCF says its regrets any inconvenience caused by the unavailability of services.
DCP Bailey says the public will be unable to access police records this week.
The Deputy Commissioner says fingerprinting services will be offered to the courts on a limited basis.
Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, says his organization has been raising concerns about the building on Duke Street for a long time.
Sergeant Rowe says the building houses some of the JCF’s most critical resources.