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Police Federation disappointed as gov't decides against setting up oversight body for INDECOM

Published:Monday | June 12, 2017 | 6:31 PM
In a release this morning, Police Federation Chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson said the union that represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force is disappointed with the government's decision.

The Jamaica Police Federation says it is shocked that the government has decided against putting in place an oversight body to monitor the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

In a release this morning, Federation Chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson said the union that represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is disappointed with the government's decision.

 

Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson

Sergeant Wilson says even though INDECOM is a commission of Parliament, the Police Federation believes it needs an oversight body given that this single agency has been vested with the authority to investigate, proffer charges as well as prosecute.

The head of the police union says such absolute powers have the potential to corrupt and it erodes the value for which the principles of separation of powers was established.

Sergeant Wilson accuses INDECOM of having little or no regard for the human rights of police personnel when carrying out investigations.

He says there must be a clear mechanism in place which is easily accessible to resolve the varying issues that affect cops as they comply with their obligations stipulated under INDECOM Act of 2010.

However, he says despite the disappointment rank and file members of the JCF are still optimistic that good sense will prevail.