FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“FLA clarifies information regarding the Sancho Summerville case”
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) wishes to advise the public that the information being reported in several news media regarding the case with Constable Sancho Summerville is inaccurate.
The FLA received information from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that Constable Summerville was disarmed of his service weapon(s) and was not allowed to bear arms in the performance of his duties as a policeman or otherwise. This decision, the JCF stated, was in the public’s interest.
Based on that information, the FLA launched an investigation concerning the matter, completed the investigation and was in the process of making a decision. The Supreme Court did not order the FLA to return Constable Summerville’s firearm to him.
The order of the court was for the FLA to make a decision based on the completed investigation within 45 days of the date of the court hearing. The Authority has since made a final decision on the future of his firearm licence and same will be communicated to Constable Summerville.
The FLA also takes this opportunity to clarify, that it is within the remit of the Authority to receive and investigate any complaint or breach of the terms and conditions under which a firearm licence was granted. From time to time the Authority receives information on licensed firearm holders that require due diligence or thorough investigations. Following the completion of such investigation, the Board of the Authority has the right under the law to revoke or reinstate such firearm licence.
The Authority continues in its stance to ensure transparency in its operations.