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JCF bars delinquent cops from top awards

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 1:00 AM
ACP Gary Welsh

Police officers who do not file statutory declaration will not be eligible for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)/Lasco Police of the Year Awards.

Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch, told The Gleaner yesterday that persons considered for the awards must not have been involved in acts of moral turpitude.

"An officer is required to file a statutory deduction. It doesn't take a lot of pressure. If you can't do that, you can't be our model [officer]," Welsh said.

"Second, there are some due-diligence checks and balances that a police officer ought to do. If you can't keep up with the minimum standards, then we cannot put you forward," he added.

Under the law, police are required to annually file declar-ations of their assets and liabilities with the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC).

HIGH RATE OF DELINQUENCY

Based on the last report tabled in Parliament, a number of them have been delinquent. Of 12,500 declarations expected from the police force for the 2013-2014 period, 4,441 were not filed.

The CPC's 2013-2014 annual report tabled in the House of Representatives recently indicated that of the 34,579 declarations that should have been filed in the period under review, less than half were filed.

In addition to requiring nominees to file their statutory declarations, the new guidelines for the awards say cops must be in good standing with the JCF.

Each nominated officer is expected to have served in the JCF for at least five years and possess strong work ethic and communication skills. Nominees are also expected to have an ongoing community project prior to being nominated, which must be at least three months in existence. They are also expected to have knowledge of local and international affairs.

Welsh told The Gleaner the new regulations are aimed at stepping up the quality of the general performance delivered by officers, especially within communities.

The Police of the Year Awards was initiated in 2000, through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF, to acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of members of the force.