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Montague meets with police and INDECOM

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 1:17 PM
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National Security Minister Robert Montague this morning met with Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams and the head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams.

The meeting, which took place at a St Andrew hotel, coincides with public concerns about the increasingly tension in the relationship between the police and the oversight body.

Some police officers on frontline duties have indicated that they will not engage criminals as they fear being prosecuted by INDECOM.

In October Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of Parliament (PAAC) that the police had a problem with the way the INDECOM head carries out his job.

Terrence Williams fired back when he appeared before the PAAC saying Hinds’ assertion was unfounded and pointed to what he described as the JCF’s questionable human rights history.

As a result of the impasse between the two state entities, a memorandum of understanding was developed to guide their interaction, but it remains unsigned.

This morning Montague declined to comment on the discussions he had with both men, but indicated that it was to facilitate the signing of the MOU.

He said while it was not his intention to interfere with a commission of Parliament, the country’s crime situation demands that members of the security forces are in the correct frame of mind to carry out their functions.