Holness says shift needed in how police use force
Speaking at a conference this morning, Prime Minister Andrew Holness stressed the need to have a well-resourced institution to investigate police killings.
He noted the need for a shift in how force is used by the police.
Holness noted that the police also need clear guidelines and resources to carry out their job so they can ensure public safety while also securing their own lives.
He was speaking during the Use of Force in Law Enforcement Conference staged by Jamaica’s Independent Commission of Investigations at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.
Holness said he has given instructions to the Police High Command, through the National Security Council, that all officers in a particular region must undergo a polygraph test or what is commonly referred to as a lie-detector test.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre had reported in late April that police in western Jamaica who failed lie detector tests would be subjected to administrative and investigative reviews.
The National Security Council had reported that Police Area One which comprises St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, would be the focus of systematic polygraphing of police personnel.
At a meeting in late April, the Council had said some 78 cops from Police Area One had so far been polygraphed.
In recent times the JCF has also introduced polygraph tests for police recruits.