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Tivoli Report | Keep records of cops authorised to wear masks, JCF advised

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Sir David Simmons

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) must keep records of the names and units of police personnel who are given authorisation to wear masks while on operations.

That's the recommendation of the Sir David Simmons-led West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, which probed the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens.

Below is the full transcript of the commission's recommendations on the use of masks and other concealment gear.

We accept that in some circumstances, there may be justification for members of the security forces to use masks. However, we recommend that the use of masks and/or other concealment gear be limited to special cases when the identities of particular officers and units are best protected by these means.

We also recommend that where masks and other concealment gear are used by entire units or groups, that this be done only with the approval of the chief of defence staff and the commissioner of police for the Jamaica Defence Force and JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force), respectively. And in the case of their use by individuals who are accompanied by unmasked and uniformed or otherwise easily identifiable officers and units, that approval may be granted by senior officers (superintendent of police and higher).

Moreover, we recommend that in all cases, there be reliable and verifiable means of internally identifying all individuals for whom approval is given to wear masks and or other concealment gear. There must be a record of all persons for whom such approval was granted and the units to which they were assigned. It should be the responsibility of the supervising officer(s) to ensure that the conditions for accountable conduct are met.