Charge pending for cop held with illegal gun

August 19, 2017
Police on foot patrol in Kingston.

Charges are yet to be laid on a police constable stationed in St Catherine, who was arrested after an illegal firearm was found in a Range Rover he was travelling in with other occupants on Thursday.

The constable, who was unable to produce any form of police identification at the time, was later confirmed to be a cop.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ronald Anderson, commander for the Area Four Police Division, told THE STAR that the policeman in question is attached to the St Catherine Police Division, he said it is a policy for police personnel to have their identification on their person.

"No one has yet been charged. It is still a matter under investigation. For matters involving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, we send to the Director of Public Prosecutions for directions," Anderson told THE STAR.

Information gathered by our news desk is that four persons, including the constable, were spotted by a police patrol team travelling in the SUV along Spanish Town Road about 4:30 a.m. They were signalled to stop.

THE STAR gathered that the constable alighted from the vehicle and identified himself to his colleagues, who then asked him to produce an identification.

It is understood that the cop told his colleagues that his ID and his service pistol were left at home.

A subsequent check of the vehicle unearthed the illegal firearm, a 9mm pistol, and one round of ammunition.

The policeman and the other three occupants of the vehicle one man and two females were subsequently arrested.

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