Training Cops To Treat Children With Care – OCA Introduces Child Justice Guidelines To The Police

Two months ago, Sergeant Janet Williams-Richards was sitting across from a teenage girl in distress. The teenager was shaking and in shock.

Williams-Richards wrapped her arms around the girl, held her close and said, “I don’t know what you have been through, but whatever it is, you will be OK.” After being comforted for some time, the girl reported that she had just been raped.

Every year, hundreds of children across Jamaica who are victims of crime, in need of care and protection, witnesses to a crime, or who have committed a criminal offence have to interact with the justice system.

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