Police deny ignoring complaint
Police are investigating claims by a woman that lawmen were not taking her calls for help dealing with her ex-boyfriend seriously.
Below is a statement on the matter, issued by Police PRO Inspector David Welch:
In response to the article captioned “Running Scared” with subtitle “Woman feared for life after threats by ex” which appeared in the Monday, November 18, 2013 of the Daily Nation. The acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tyrone Griffith has ordered an investigation into the allegations made by Shonette Williams. The investigation is still ongoing.
Preliminary investigations show that Ms. Williams telephoned the police and indicated that a man was in her house. This call was received at the Police Operations Control Room at 00:55 hours on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The female caller said “A man I finish with ever since in my house. I called the police more than once before”.
A patrol was given the report seconds after and at the time they were investigating a serious matter. They responded to the given address Phillips Road, St. Stephen’s Hill, St. Michael which was eventually found out to be the wrong address. The police officers continued their search and saw the fire tender at Bridge Gap, St. Stephen’s Hill, St. Michael. This search took the officers some time to locate the premises. They made enquiries as to the complainant and they were informed that she had left the scene. Later in the morning about 06:00 hours, in furtherance to their enquiry, they obtained a telephone number and contacted the complainant.
The victim to date has not made any official complaint regarding the action of the police. Investigations are continuing.