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'Recent police crimes show why INDECOM should get support'

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 9:53 PM
Carol Narcisse says the recent reports of cops engaging in illicit activities reinforce the views of policymakers and police commissioners, that there is a high level of criminality in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Civil society member, Carol Narcisse, says the recent reports of police personnel caught in alleged criminal acts are reasons the Jamaica Police Federation and politicians should stop trying to tear down oversight bodies set up to hold the police accountable. 

In the past three weeks, three cops have been arrested after being caught allegedly committing criminal acts. 

The Police Federation and Junior Government Minister Damion Crawford have been leading attacks against the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which probes police actions.  

Narcisse says the recent reports of cops engaging in illicit activities reinforce the views of policymakers and police commissioners, that there is a high level of criminality in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). 

She says that is why it is important for bodies such as INDECOM to get all the support they need to do their work. 

 

Civil adovcate, Carol Narcisse

In the latest incident, a police constable was held and beaten yesterday by residents of Morgan's district in Clarendon after he and other accomplices allegedly tried to break into a house. 

The Police High Command has released a statement saying it notes the incidents with great concern and is seeking to assure the public that this type of conduct is not typical of the general membership of the JCF.

The High Command also says a more stringent supervision mechanism is being implemented to manage the screening of members joining the force. 

 

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