JA police get training in "gay friendliness"

The police authorities in Jamaica have finally caved in to human rights activists outside of the island to deal with homegrown homophobia.

From The Voice:

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mark Shields has embraced the idea of sensitivity training for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to enhance the manner in which they relate to individuals of particular minority groups, including those from the homosexual community.

"I think there is a place for minorities, whoever they are, to have the opportunity to speak to recruits during their initial JCF training," DCP Shields told The Gleaner. "Diversity is something that needs to be embraced. Therefore, the only way to do that is to train police officers so that they are no longer just citizens with a view and with prejudices."

Jamaica has a big problem with police brutality in general, and not just against gays. So, hopefully this will lead to better things in the future for JA gays, but for some reason, I really doubt it.



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