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INDECOM boss hits back at high ranking cop

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:36 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) Terrence Williams has hit back saying comments from a high ranking cop that he goes back on agreements are "unfounded".

Last week, Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Glenmore Hinds, told a parliamentary committee that the force has a problem with Williams’ style of leadership.

He shocked members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) when he said Williams often reverses his position on agreements.

This morning the PAAC gave Williams audience after he wrote to the committee asking to respond.

Commissioner Williams framed his response by referring to the questionable human rights record of the police force over the years and why his organisation was established.

He said some police personnel have opposed INDECOM since its inception.

However, Williams said INDECOM and the JCF have been trying to work out their differences through protocols that should lead to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Rejecting the claim that he flips on deals, he read out to the PAAC a string of emails from September last year regarding the need for the police commissioner to approve a protocol  governing how INDECOM takes statements from cops.

The emails covered the period September to May this year.

The MOU has still not been signed.

PAAC members were appalled and argued that administrative issues were coming between the work of the two bodies while Jamaica continues with a high crime rate.

St Catherine Southern MP Fitz Jackson lamented how the leadership of the JCF and INDECOM could preside over an issue for eight months without any meaningful resolution.

Manchester North West MP Mikael Phillips said a mediator is needed to help with the relationship problems between INDECOM and the JCF.

Williams opposed it but Phillips lashed him saying the fact that a protocol has taken more than a year to get approval points to deep-seated issues between the two entities which need to be resolved.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Diane McIntosh, said a conciliatory approach is being taken to resolve the issues.