A letter, which has been in circulation on social media, suggests that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has ‘paused’ the applications of candidates for the force who refuse to get vaccinated to participate in the intensive physical face-to-face aspect of their training.
The letter, which was signed by an assistant commissioner of police, explained to a prospective candidate why he/she would not be allowed to participate in that phase of the training.
“We are aware of your decision to not be vaccinated. We understand and respect (that) this is a personal choice. However, given the nature of the physical face-to-face training, there is no virtual or other substitute for same. Accordingly, you will not be able to advance further in the selection process at this time,” the letter stated.
The position the JCF has taken on the matter has since been confirmed by the chief spokesperson for the force.
Notably, various COVID outbreaks among trainees are said to have pushed the Police High Command to make the decision, even against the background of reports that the force is undermanned by at least 2,000 persons.