Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams is now locked in an emergency meeting with the executive of the Police Federation, as he looks to stave off plans by the police group to take industrial action over protracted wage talks with the government.
The meeting was called this morning after Nationwide News reported that personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force are standing by to perform police duties, in anticipation of industrial action by rank and file members of the Constabulary.
Calls and text messages to the mobile phone of Police Federation Chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson have gone unanswered.
Our sources say soldiers have reported to their barracks and are being briefed to cover any temporary vacancy created by disgruntled members of the Federation.
A senior officer in the JDF says soldiers could be required to take up emergency duties in such an event.
Wage negotiations between the government and the police are entering a fifth week.
The Federation has asked for a 1-hundred percent wage increase; 65-percent in year one and 35-percent in year two.
It last week rejected the 5-percent wage offer re-tabled by the government.