National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, says systems will be put in place to help members of the police force who’re injured or accused of a crime while on duty.
Dr. Chang was addressing the 75th Annual Joint Central Conference of the Police Federation at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grand Hotel in St Ann.
He says it’s important that an established protocol is in place to help law enforcement officials when they carry out their duties in a professional manner.
Minister Chang told the rank and file members of the police force that they should feel assured that any injury suffered in the line of duty will be properly tended to.
The National Security Minister was responding to complaints by members of the police federation that the existing systems are inadequate.
The rank and file members of the Constabulary also voiced their dissatisfaction with what they referred to as the poor treatment being meted out to them by the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM.
In response, Minister Chang agreed that in many instances the traditional principle of justice is abandoned when a member of the police force is accused of a crime.
Dr Chang says successive administrations have failed to properly invest in the police force.
He says this has resulted in a police force laden with several structural problems and one that is in dire need of an image repair.