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Revamp JCF weapons system - Tivoli Report

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on patrol in Tivoli Gardens on May 27, 2010 during the operation to arrest Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) needs to revamp its weapons systems and develop an armoury of weapons that is more traceable.

The above is among the recommendations made by the Sir David Simmons-led West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, which probed the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston.

Below is the full transcript of the commission's recommendations on improving legal administrative accountability for the use of force:

The evidence that was presented to the commission revealed a pressing need to improve the administrative systems that were designed to ensure individual accountability for the use of force. In this regard, we recommend the following firearm-related systems and procedures for favourable consideration by the Government of Jamaica.

A. Evidence given before the Commission of Enquiry suggested that the weapons used by the JCF are not given to ready ballistic traces. We, therefore, recommend that the JCF progressively changes its weapons systems to developing an armoury of weapons that is more traceable. In making this recommendation, we recognise that we are simply endorsing a recommendation that was made by a number of earlier reports.

B. We also recommend that while the JCF phases out, from general use, weapons whose use is not easily traceable, we recognise that some units of the JCF will necessarily be obliged to continue their use, but in order to promote greater accountability by these units, new and better administrative systems should be put in place for the purpose of after-action identification of the users of these types of weapons.

C. We recommend that the JCF, like the JDF, adopt the 'same-person same-weapon' policy. That is to say that for the service life of a weapon, it is assigned to the same person. We strongly recommend that this policy be immediately implemented in respect of the Mobile Reserve and other special operational units.


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