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PM defends security forces

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 6:09 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sided with the security forces which have long accused the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) of being overreaching in its oversight functions.

Speaking at the Jamaica Labour Party conference at the National Arena in Kingston this afternoon, Mr Holness said INDECOM sometimes go too far in its functions and in the process, is causing members of the security forces to be fearful in the execution of their duties.

He says the security forces need to feel that they are protected as they fight the high crime rate. He says a balance is needed.

In the meantime, the prime minister says the government has set aside funds in the Supplementary Budget to assist members of the security forces with paying the legal costs of lawsuits arising from their actions in the line of duty.