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JCF to re-establish anti-corruption unit at police inspectorate to probe rogue cops

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 6:21 PM
Quallo: We are not convinced that MOCA can focus on the internal issues of the JCF as we would have loved to see. Beside him is DCP Novelette Grant - Jermaine Barnaby photo

Damion Mitchell, Integration Editor

The police commissioner George Quallo has announced that an anti-corruption unit will be re-established in the Inspectorate of Constabulary to deal with complaints against rogue cops.

At present the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) deals with corruption complaints involving police personnel.

But speaking at a press conference at his Old Hope Road offices this afternoon, Quallo said he was making a shift.

“We are not convinced that MOCA can focus on the internal issues of the JCF as we would have loved to see,” Quallo said.

However, he did not provide any data on the number of corruption cases involving cops now under investigation.

Quallo was responding to a question as to how corrupt cops were impacting the crime fight, particularly murders, now at 628 since the start of the year.

At the same time, Quallo said he has the full support of the Government and all law abiding Jamaicans in the fight against crime.

So why then have the police been unsuccessful in arresting the murder rate?

“I believe that more can be done, for example, how do you pass on information to the police,” Quallo sought to explain.

It’s why the Commissioner said he will be meeting with all station commanders shortly to reinforce the importance of maintaining communication with citizens.

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