Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Police call for priority COVID testing; hundreds of cops affected

Sergeant Patrae Rowe

Sergeant Patrae Rowe

Expressing concern over the rate of spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among its members, the Jamaica Police Federation is calling on the government to prioritise the testing of cops who are exposed to the virus.

According to Sergeant Patrae Rowe, the chairman of the federation, some six per cent of its membership are currently directly affected by COVID-19. 

"A number of members are expressing challenges with getting tested for the virus, having experienced symptoms or having coming in contact with a positive case," Rowe told Loop News.

"We are calling for avenues to be established for priority testing and for the return of those results," Rowe said, arguing that such a move will allow for a balance between maintaining a healthy police force and satisfying the need for policing service.

The Jamaica Police Federation represents approximately 14,000 rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

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