Sun | Oct 21, 2018

INDECOM under parliamentary scrutiny

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday gave the clearest indication that lawmakers would be taking steps to tweak the law governing the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to ensure that the oversight body carries out its duties with "balance".

Responding to concerns raised by Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips in relation to the disarming of the police by the oversight body in the full view of the public, Holness said his administration was of the view that "there needs to be balance in how INDECOM operates".

While urging members of the security forces to obey the law, Phillips urged the oversight body to be mindful of the circumstances in which the police operate.

"If I can be blunt, if INDECOM has a problem with the members of the security forces, I don't think they should disarm them in public, in fulll view of the citizens. I think it unnecessarily demoralises the men and women who are urged to obey the law but who operate in what is a very dangerous situation on the street.

"There is literally a war that has been declared on society, and in that circumstance, you cannot weaken those who serve in the face of those who attack them," said Phillips.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com