JAMAICA Know your rights what to do if youre arrested

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 8, 2017 – Kingston – Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging Jamaicans to know their rights and the correct protocol for arrest under the law.Speaking with JIS News, Ms. Lindsay states that the police may carry out an arrest for different reasons, such as to prevent an offence, to prevent the continuation of an offence and to prevent escape.   She says that regardless of the circumstances leading to an arrest, the basic rights of the individual should be observed at all times during the process.“The police officer will carry out an arrest in three main ways… on view, which is when you detect an offence taking place… on information from a third party, that is, when someone comes to the police station and makes a report.   There is an investigation and (an) arrest is made based on the information provided.  We also conduct Arrest on Warrant,” Superintendent Lindsay explains.Under Section 15 of the Constabulary Force Act, it is lawful for any Constable, without warrant, to apprehend any person found committing any offence punishable upon indictment or summary conviction, and to take him before a Justice to enquire into the circumstance of the alleged offence.   The law also provides for the persons to be committed to the nearest jail, prison or lock-up to be dealt with, or to grant the person bail in accordance with the Bail Act.Ms. Lindsay states that in a normal arrest procedure, the officer identifies himself or herself to the individual and informs the person of the offence for which he or she is being arrested and charged. The officer then restrains and cautions the individual.An essential aspect of the arrest is the ‘caution’, which notifies the offender of his/her rights during the process, particularly the right to remain silent, as anything said will be taken down in writing and used as evidence in court.   Following the caution, the police should then escort the detainee to the station.   Here, it is determined whether the person is eligible to be granted bail at the station level, or is to be remanded in custody for the matter to be brought before a Magistrate to grant or deny the bail application.Ms. Lindsay also advises persons to carry proper identification (driver’s licence, passport, voter’s ID) when going to the station.“If you don’t have proper identification when you are taken to the police station, you can’t get bail (because) you cannot be properly identified.   So it is important that you have some kind of proper identification.   If you don’t have it on your person, then you will be required to ask someone to bring some form of identification,” she says.If, however, the person refuses or is unable to give the security (money or property) required as a condition for bail, it is lawful for the officer or sub-officer to detain the person in custody until such person can be brought before a Justice and dealt with in like manner, as is directed in the case of someone apprehended under the Act without warrant.   For persons with special needs, such as a medical condition, provision should be made, as these persons have a right to medical care.Other rights include the right to meals for the duration of confinement, as well as the right to a safe environment, to the extent that the person is to be protected from harm and injury while in police custody. This is particularly important in the case of persons with mental illness.“We have to ensure that they are separated from the other prisoners, so that they are not put in a situation where they are vulnerable or cause harm to the other detainees,” Ms. Lindsay states.Once at the police station, the remanded person is entitled to a phone call to notify someone of the arrest.Ms. Lindsay explains that more than one phone call is permissible to ensure that someone is notified of the person’s arrest and for the person to make arrangements for legal counsel and for the care of dependents.Where a minor is present at the point of arrest, the offender is allowed to call someone to take custody of the child. If there is no one, the police will then contact the Child Development Agency (CDA) to make arrangements for the child to be placed in State care until the person is granted bail, at which time they can retrieve the child.Meanwhile the Head of the Corporate Communications Unit says that arrested persons are also entitled to legal representation, and if a detainee cannot afford a lawyer, the government provides representation through the Legal Aid Council.“Once a person indicates that they cannot afford a lawyer, then the police will make contact with [an] attorney.   Usually, you will find that attorneys are assigned to different parts of the island.   The police will have a list of persons who are approved legal counsels … and you make arrangements for one of them to come in and represent the person who is being charged,” she explains.    Also, the person should be interviewed in the presence of his/her attorney so that there is legal guidance throughout the process.Additionally, where a child is in conflict with the law and has to be placed under arrest, the child should be told at the time of arrest in plain, simple, child-friendly language the reason for the detention.   Additionally, the child’s parents or guardians should be immediately notified by the police of the arrest and the reason for the arrest.The police are not permitted to question the child without legal representation.   The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) or Duty Counsel on the Legal Aid List is to be immediately contacted by the police where a child suspect is arrested and does not have legal representation.   A child who is not charged within 24 hours of being arrested or detained, should be released into the care of the parents or guardians.As it relates to bail application, depending on the gravity and nature of the charge, the detainee is entitled to bail.   Bail can be granted at the station level for minor offences, or on the likelihood of the individual appearing before a court for a trial.Section 25 of the Act states that the officer or sub-officer in charge of the police station or lock-up shall grant bail to that person in accordance with the Bail Act, unless the person has been taken into custody on a charge of murder, treason or treason felony.The officer is charged with ensuring that the dignity of the detainee is maintained throughout the process (no draping or dragging of the individual).   As far as is practicable, handcuffs must be used on males and violent females.   Just as the police officer is guided by certain responsibilities in the arrest procedure, so too the individual that is being arrested must observe certain protocols.Ms. Lindsay advises persons to cooperate with the justice officials.“Once you are approached by the police and informed that you will be arrested, and you are notified of the offence, we want persons to cooperate with the police and not try to resist, because that could lead to an additional charge of resisting arrest.   Don’t fight the police, because that could lead to another charge of assaulting the police. So we advise persons to cooperate with the (arrest) process,” she advises.If during arrest an individual feels his/her rights have been violated, there are several avenues for redress.On the advice of their attorney, civil action can be taken against the police and the Government to prove that the individual’s rights were violated by the police officers acting on behalf of the State.Persons can also make a formal complaint and document the incident with the Police Complaints Department in the Inspectorate of the Constabulary Force. Complaints can also be lodged with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).Persons can also contact the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights, Jamaicans for Justice or the Office of the Public Defender for redress.By: Rochelle Williams (JIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Special Committee Appears to Settle on Modest Change to Budget Process

first_imgA special congressional committee established in February to look at ways to reform the budget and appropriations process appears to have agreed on only one concrete change, shifting the annual budget resolution to a biennial one. The 16-member Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform considered a variety of more far-reaching proposals during months of hearings and meetings, but none garnered the support of a majority of the committee, reported CQ. The committee, equally split between the two parties, is expected to mark up a compromise bill next week that, if approved, would then go to the House and Senate for debate. During markup members likely will propose amendments covering more sweeping reforms, such as eliminating the need for Congress to raise the debt limit and shifting the start of the fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Abundant Life Christian Schools Class of 2019 Thanks

first_imgDear Editor,Abundant Life Christian School’s Class of 2019 would like to thank the community for your support of our 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction held on March 22, 2019. Our event was a big success, surpassing our fundraising goal. The 8th grade class is now enjoying the benefits of their hard work and your generosity and willingness to help.We would like to thank the following donors for contributing to our fundraiser to benefit the 8th grade to trip to Washington, D.C. We are truly grateful to each and every one of you…A Whole Bunch Flower Market; Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center; Academy of Traditional Karate, Inc.; Acres of Wildlife; Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center; Arrow Paper Corporation; Art by Alina; Attitash Mountain Village; Auntie Dog; The Balanced Life with Robin Long; BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course; Behn Basketball Camp; Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture; Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant; Best Choice Products; B.Good; Block Island Ferry; Bob’s Discount Furniture; Bose Corporation; Boston Bruins; Boston College Athletics; Boston Red Sox; Bromley Mountain Ski Resort; Brown University Athletics; Buffalo Wild Wings; Butcher Boy Market; The Butterfly Place; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Camp Berea; Camp Spofford; Cardi’s Furniture; Cedardale Health & Fitness; Charles River Canoe & Kayak; The Chateau; The Cheesecake Factory; Chick-Fil-A; Chipotle Mexican Grill; Chuckster’s Family Fun Park; Clix New England; The Common Man; Concord Museum; Copper Door; Cowabunga’s; Cozi Inc.; Cranmore Mountain Resort; Cumberland Farms; Dartmouth College Athletics; Dave and Buster’s; Davis Familyland; deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Discovery Museum; Donna’s Donuts; Eating Clean, Cooking Dirty; Einstein’s Workshop; Elia’s Country Store; Elite Freestyle Karate; Essex River Cruises; Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk; Focus on the Family; Foxwood’s Resort Casino; The Freedom Trail Foundation; Gardens Alive!; Gaslight; God’s Glory Box; Great NH Restaurants, Inc.; Greater Boston Stage Company; Grotonwood Camp & Conference Center; Grove Collaborative, Inc.; Gymja Warrior; GymStreet USA; Harrows Chicken Pies; Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant; Harvard Museum of Natural History; Harvard Athletics; Heather Sidell, doTerra Essential Oils; Home Improvement Ministries; Hy-Line Cruises; The Institute of Contemporary Art; Jan Brett; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; John Morley; Keurig; Kickstart Reading; King’s Bowling; LaCascia’s Bakery & Deli; Larz Anderson Auto Museum; Launch Trampoline Park; Lauren Daigle; Look What I Made!; Lowell Spinners Baseball; Lucky Nails; The Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Magic Brush Pottery; Mahoney’s Garden Center; Manchester Monarchs; The Margate Resort; Market Basket; Mary Peacock Photography; Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm; Massage Envy; Matthew West; Meadow Breeze Day Camp; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Mill Falls at the Lake; Miss Betty Fournier; Moonstones; Museum of Science; Nathaniel’s at Hawthorne Hotel; New England Aquarium; Nora Fleming; North Shore Music Theatre; O’Connor Hardware; O’Neil Cinemas; Old Sturbridge Village; One Stop Fun; Oriental Trading Company; Pacific Grove; Panera Bread; Paper Culture LLC; Paper Source; Parker’s Maple Barn; Pats Peak Ski Area; Pawtucket Red Sox; Peabody Essex Museum; PepsiCo; Picaboo; Pizza Mia and Uptown Deli & Catering; Portland Sea Dogs; Potbelly Sandwich Shop; Project Repat Inc.; Puppet Showplace Theatre; Red’s Center Laundromat Cleaners; River Rock Music Festival; Rizzo’s Roast Beef & Pizza; Rocco’s Restaurant; Rock Spot Climbing; Rockport Inn & Suites; Roller Kingdom; The Salon on Haven; Santa’s Village; Savanah’s Sweets; ScrubaDub Wash Centers; Sculpture Garden Sweet Inc.; Shauna Runnion-Bareford, Norwex; New Sound Concerts/Soulfest; Southwick’s Zoo; The Sports Museum; Springfield Museums; Swan Boats; Sweet Peas & Saffron; Toni’s Own Cookies; Total Wine & More; UMass Lowell Athletics; Vera Bradley Sales, LLC.; Wachusett Mountain Ski Area; Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center; Water Wizz of Cape Cod; Wegmans Food Markets; Wheel of Fortune; Wilmington Fire Department; Wilmington House of Pizza; Woburn Bowladrome Inc.; XtremeCraze; The Yoga Loft; and York’s Wild Kingdom.Once again, we want to express our appreciation for your generosity and support for our 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction. We are truly blessed to have received your donations.Very truly yoursAbundant Life Christian School Class of 2019Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAbundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 13In “Education”Abundant Life’s Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction Set For March 22In “Community”Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 7In “Community”last_img read more

No more packing of kids in vans please Srinagar schools told to

first_imgCreative CommonsThe Srinagar District Administration has directed schools to start following the Supreme Court guidelines on ferrying children in school vans. The Deputy Commissioner (Srinagar), Shahid Choudhary, said in a tweet that various incidents of school vans being overpopulated with children in contrast with the SC guidelines have been reported. The schools have been served a deadline of July 11 to following the instructions as laid down by the apex court.”Mandatory for all Schools to have in place safety measures as laid down by the Supreme Court. Request parents to extend cooperation to schools for PTM. Defaulters to face action from July 11. No packing of kids in vans please,” the DC Srinagar said.The directive issued by Choudhary stated that despite various warnings being given to the school managements in the district for strict observance of the SC guidelines, a number of violations have been observed throughh photographs that showed overloading of school vans on social media. It said that the lives of many school children are being thus put at risk by non-compliance of the SC guidelines. School vans in Srinagar have been told to comply by the Supreme Court guidelinesTwitterWhat are the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court on transporting children?The guidelines issued by the court and the Union Transport Ministry are as follows:a. School buses should be painted yellow.b. School Bus must be written on the back and front of the bus. If it is a hired bus, “on School Duty” should be clearly indicated.c. Bus should have a First Aid Box.d. Bus should be fitted with speed governor of the specified standard.e. The windows of Bus should be fitted with horizontal grills.f. There should be a fire extinguisher in the Bus.g. School Name and Telephone No. Must be written on the Bus.h. The doors of the Bus should be fitted with reliable locks.i. To keep the school bags safely, there should be a space fitted under the seats.j. There must be a qualified attendant in the Bus to attend to Children.k. Any parent or guardian sitting on the bus or a teacher may also travel to ensure these safety norms.l. The driver should have at least 05 years of experience driving heavy vehicles.m. A driver who has been challenged (fined) more than twice in a year for offences like red light jumping, violation of lane discipline of allowing an unauthorized person to drive cannot be employed.n. A driver who has been challenged (fined) even once for the offence of over speeding, drunken driving and dangerous driving etc. cannot be employed.last_img read more

Meghan Markles appearance at Wimbledon may have revealed baby Archies godparents

first_imgMeghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Getty ImagesMeghan Markle was at Wimbledon to support one of her besties, Serena Williams. Reportedly, the Duchess of Sussex was joined by two old friends at Wimbledon today as she made a surprise appearance to cheer her pal Serena Williams to victory.Meghan Markle looked well-rested and joyous as she cheered on the Tennis champ. Meghan Markle was a fan in the stands as she watched Williams beat Kaja Juvan on Court One – alongside two friends from her days at Northwestern University in the U.S, sparking speculation they could be her son’s godparents.The two friends who joined Meghan were Lindsay Roth, who was expected to be her maid of honour until she decided against having one, and Genevieve Hillis, who co-hosted Meghan’s baby shower with Williams. Williams herself could be in the running to be baby Archie’s godparents. But at the moment, the couple Sussex is keeping their godparent preferences a secret. But it does look, like Meghan’s Hollywood friends are being favoured over the Royal Family.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesOn any other day, Prince William and Kate Middleton would have been a given to be godparents to Prince Harry’s child. But recent events in the Royal household has raised concerns. The couple Cambridge and the couple Sussex split the Royal household. Meghan and Hary also moved away from the Palace for the sake of baby Archie. They have made their thoughts clear about the Palace. So, it could be possible that baby Archie’s godparents may not be Royals at all. We have to say, that would be one controversial decision, even more so than deciding to hold baby Archie’s christening in private.last_img read more

Wattpad Appoints Devashish Sharma as First India Manager EXCLUSIVE

first_imgSharma has previously held roles in Toronto and Silicon Valley. He joins Wattpad from CoHo, one of India’s top co-living companies, where he was a founder. He will be based in Mumbai and report to Wattpad chief product officer & co-founder Ivan Yuen.“India is home to some of the most creative storytellers on the planet, with the most exciting literary and entertainment sectors anywhere,” said Lau. “Devashish understands both the product and community sides of technology, which is the perfect combination to help us expand our business in India.”“India’s media market is growing at an incredible pace, with producers and OTT services struggling to meet the demand for local content. India is a land of stories,” said Sharma.Earlier this year Wattpad hired Dexter Ong, as head of Asia for Wattpad Studios in Hong-Kong. In August, it struck a deal with Asian regional steaming platform Iflix to co-produce more than a dozen original movies in Indonesia. Wattpad, which hosts a platform with more than 400 million user-generated stories, has appointed Devashish Sharma as its first country head for India.Toronto-based Wattpad is home to a community of more than 70 million people who spend over 22 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Earlier this year it raised $51 million in a funding round led by China’s Tencent and also including BDC, Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures, Peterson Group, and existing investor Raine Group.Sharma will be expected to grow Wattpad’s user-base in India, and work with local partners to turn Wattpad stories into film, television, print and digital projects. It currently claims 2.6 million monthly users and more than 4 million story uploads from India. Content can be viewed in Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Assamese, Marathi, and Oriya. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more