Sergeant Patrae Rowe, Chairman of the Police Federation
The Police Federation says it has conducted an audit which revealed that several frontline members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force continue to operate without protective gear amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
This follows the revelation by the group that a policeman is among the 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica.
Sergeant Patrae Rowe, Chairman of the Federation, has raised concern about the inadequate supply of protective gear.
He said the JCF had issued thousands of protective equipment to its members, however, the increased demand for the gear since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Jamaica, has diminished the supply.
He said the federation is in discussions with local and international suppliers to provide protective gear for the police.
Despite the shortage of gear, Sergeant Rowe said steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among its members.
He said members who believe they have come in contact with the virus have identified themselves quickly and taken the necessary action so no spread within the force is expected.
Several members of the force are reportedly in quarantine.