INDECOM denies disarming charged cops in the streets
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has denied claims by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips that its investigators disarm police officers in the streets.
In a release issued today, INDECOM said at no time in its eight years has any of its representatives disarmed a police officer at a scene or at any other time.
According to INDECOM, arrests have always been done by another police officer at a police station.
The security forces oversight body points out that this issue was first raised by the Jamaica Police Federation following a fatal shooting incident on October 12, 2013 at Jacques Road, Kingston 3.
It says a letter was subsequently sent to the Federation Chairman with signed statements from the police officers involved, who indicated that they disarmed their colleagues at the Elletson Road Police Station.
Further to that, INDECOM said the guidelines on the disarming, labelling and storage of firearms and weapons were agreed upon by it and the JCF High Command.
It says these guidelines were subsequently issued in the JCF Force Orders of June 26, 2014 where it was communicated to members.