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Jamaica police chief urges counseling for officers

July 7, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s top cop is urging members of the police force with personal problems to seek counseling.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington made the plea after a special constable in St. Catherine parish was found dead at his home over the weekend in a suspected suicide.

In a Sunday statement, he says supervisors should be vigilant and refer any police official who is showing signs of struggling with extreme depression or distress to a counselor.

Ellington made a similar statement two years ago after a retired police officer shot and killed a family of three before turning the gun on himself in central Jamaica.

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