COVID-19: Jackson demands protective gear for security forces
People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson is calling for the security forces to be supplied with the appropriate apparatus to protect their health as they interact with the public amid the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
“While everyone is grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19, all our first responders must be given priority in the provision of safety gear and supplies as they work to protect us all,” Jackson said in a statement Wednesday.
He said it has come to his attention that several members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are not being provided with necessary hand sanitisers, masks and gloves while they carry out their duties.
“Ideally, the police should be outfitted to face persons who may be carriers of the dreaded COVID-19, but at least they must have the basic necessities to do their jobs.
“This situation must be immediately addressed as the crime crisis continues unabated and security personnel cannot work from home,” Jackson stated.
He said the police must be able to go about their daily duties without concern for their personal health, while they seek to enforce the restrictions being put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The high command of the JCF has said that measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of police personnel against the spread of the virus.
Some 480 policemen and women have been trained and sensitised to be first responders and to be able to interact with individuals who have been infected with the dreaded virus, Police Commission, Major General Antony Anderson, said at a recent press conference.
The commissioner also said supplies of gloves, masks, sanitisers, disinfectants and sprays have been sent to police divisions across the island.