The Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, Terrence Williams, is renewing a call for police personnel to be equipped with less lethal weapons.

He says this is necessary, in order to reduce the number of fatal injuries sustained by both civilians and the Police during armed conflict.

Commissioner Williams made the call on Tuesday, while addressing the President’s Forum of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ.

He says less lethal weapons will give the Police more options to fight crime in Jamaica.

He says he’s optimistic that Jamaica will see a reduction in the the number of complaints against the security forces, should they be provided with less lethal weapons.

Mr. Williams says while he understands that policing in Jamaica is difficult, more focus needs to be placed on conflict de-escalation, in an effort to rebuild trust between citizens and the police.

He says it’s time for the Police to be viewed as service providers, rather than as oppressors.