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INDECOM must not be in bed with police

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I refer to 'Montague believes JFJ, INDECOM are best friends', Jamaica Observer, Monday, June 5, 2017. INDECOM was never intended to be best friends with the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A marriage solemnising the relationship between JCF and INDECOM is a retrograde step towards what existed before and amounts to the erosion of independence of INDECOM to do its job. Why even the need for the memorandum of understanding (MOU)? The law is clear on INDECOM's role!

All that is required is for the police to operate within the law. Perhaps there needs to be more training regarding the legal boundaries of carrying out their duties. Is the MOU a substitute for this insufficiency of training?

There will be a public perception, just as in an ordinary marriage, that each is protecting the other.

No other country has this arranged marriage between its civilian oversight body and its police force. Arranged marriages are on the rapid decline. This one that National Security Minister Robert Montague is pushing will not serve the public interest.

Indeed, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

NORMAN LEE

Ontario, Canada