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Legislative amendment coming to give legal effect to ISCF-JCF merger

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 1:35 PM

The Government is moving to give legal effect to the merger of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Information Minister, Senator Reul Reid, says the Cabinet has given the go ahead for the JCF Act to be amended to reflect the change.

Speaking with reporters at a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday, Senator Reid said while both forces came together administratively there is need to give legal support to the merged entities.


Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid

The ISCF and the JCF were merged in 2014 despite resistance from some ISCF members.

The Special Constabulary Force Association took the matter to court challenging the merger on the grounds that the proposed incorporation was not sanctioned by an act of Parliament.

Supreme Court judge Justice Courtney Daye granted the association leave to go to the judicial review court to challenge the merger and also granted a stay of the merger until the matter was heard.

However, the claim was subsequently struck out, clearing the way for the government to proceed with the merger.

The merger of the ISCF and the JCF was recommended by the Wolfe Report of 1991 and five separate reports and studies since.