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Police have come in for high praise for efforts made to inform the public on a revised policy that no longer allows family members of individuals who have died under suspicious circumstances to witness post mortem examinations.

The disclosure was made this week following claims by the family of Kervin Joseph, a mentally challenged man who was shot and killed by police, that they were denied that opportunity.

It also comes in the wake of concerns raised by Ms Mary Francis who questioned the decision, particularly as she had been informed by the Acting Police Commissioner two days before the post mortem, that a representative from the family would have been allowed to witness that process.

While police have been applauded for informing the public on the new policy that according to Cpl Zachary Hippolyte, is in keeping with international standards, it seems a bit coincidental.

Meanwhile Crime Scene Investigator Sgt Shervon Matthew explains that the policy was established in December 2014.

Sgt Matthew adds that the ideal situation would be to have an adjacent room with a viewing room. He notes that it should be an important consideration for subsequent autopsy rooms
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