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Sheria Brathwaite, sheriabrathwaite@nationnews.com

Added 21 September 2019

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The Police Certificate of Character Office has been closed to the public since last week. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

The long wait to receive Certificates of Character will soon be a thing of the past, says Attorney General Dale Marshall.

He gave this assurance yesterday after announcing that the office which supplies the document, will reopen on Monday after it was closed for nearly three weeks.

The office’s closure meant those individuals needing the certificate to complete their documentation for employment were left in limbo. About 100 applications were processed per day. As a result, people consistently called into or wrote to the Starcom Network’s Down To Brass Tacks programme over the last few weeks complaining about possibly being unable to get a job because of the unavailability of the certificate.

The closure also left some business managers considering their next move as it affected the process through which they hired staff.

Marshall acknowledged the problems the closure caused.

“Over the last two or three weeks, members of the public have been tremendously inconvenienced by the challenges that we have been having in relation to the issuing of Certificates of Character. . . . We have had administrative and technical difficulties in relation to the functioning of the software that we had previously.(SB)

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