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PSOJ backs Harriott on separating MOCA, JCF

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is giving its support to the call by Professor Anthony Harriott, head of the Police Civilian Oversight Committee (PCOA), for the separation of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

In The Gleaner's Page 1 lead story yesterday, Harriott urged legislators to move swiftly on a bill to separate them, saying that it was critical that the move be done, describing the JCF as toxic.

Yesterday, the PSOJ said, "While we are in full support of this observation, we at the PSOJ would have hoped that more of these calls would have been made years ago; when it was obvious that we were heading to the level of lawlessness that permeates our society.

"We encourage calls like these to be made, not only by PCOA, but all other well-thinking stakeholders in the society. All those who are in the position of authority and responsibility, which should contribute to the safety and order of the society, must also speak out about these issues," the PSOJ said.

It added," The PSOJ, therefore, commends Professor Harriott for this honest statement, and believes that if we adopt this attitude, then we can establish proper accountability and order in the society."