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INDECOM to issue report on use of force by security forces

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 9:51 AM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) will today issue its latest report on use of force by the security forces, weeks after a report it produced criticised the police for weak operational plans. 

INDECOM will host a press conference this afternoon at one o'clock. 

It says it will present a review of last year as well as give a report on the use of force by the security forces. 

INDECOM's latest quarterly report, which was tabled in the House of Representatives in January, was critical of the plans used by the police to carryout operations. 

According to the oversight body, police operations which venture into people’s homes result in a disproportionate number of the overall police-related fatalities. 

It is pointing to what it says is the tactic and requirement of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to walk into a room in a building for which there are no plans, exposes the officers and other people to needlessly high risks. 

INDECOM notes that police guidelines dictate that arrests should be the main aim with armed police operations of last resort.

But the agency says if the intention and plan is to arrest and bring criminals before the courts, such operations have repeatedly and frequently failed.