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INDECOM and JCF to sign MoU to govern engagement

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 3:47 PM
In this file photo, National Security Minister Robert Montague makes a presentation in Parliament.

 Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are to sign an agreement to govern their engagement.

National Security Minister Robert Montague told Parliament this afternoon that the two entities have completed discussions on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

He did not give details on the contents of the MoU or when it will be signed but said the document outlines the protocols governing the engagement of INDECOM and the JCF going forward.

INDECOM was established in 2010 in response to excesses by the security forces.

However, the JCF and INDECOM have had a rough relationship with the police arguing that the oversight body is having a chilling effect on its work.

INDECOM has taken credit for a significant drop in the number of police fatalities over the past three years.

There is a proposal for INDECOM to be given oversight.