Jamaica: Police focus on helping women, youths, LGBT

Arlene Harrison-Henry (Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Gleaner)
Arlene Harrison-Henry (Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Gleaner)

In Jamaica, 50 police have attended training sessions on vulnerable people, with a special focus on conscientiously dealing with LGBT people, youth, women, and people living with disabilities.

In a speech to trainees, Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry said that the Jamaican legal framework has been slow to recognise the increasing diversity in the population. She called on participants to make use of the training, which will enhance their skills and allow them to carry out their duties conscientiously. She reminded the police that to serve and to protect was not only a moral duty but also a legal one.

The two-day diversity training sessions were held at the Jewel Paradise Cove in St Ann over two weekends, the Jamaica Observer reported. The training sessions were the result of a partnership between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and USAID.

This article is excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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