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Phillips backs INDECOM

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:29 PMPaul Clarke
Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips (left) speaks with Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica President, Mark Golding (right) and others at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday. – Rudolph Brown Photo

Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has come out in defence of oversight body, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which has been criticised by Prime Minister Andrew Holness who says the agency is affecting the work of the police force.

Prime Minister Holness told labourites at the Jamaica Labour Party annual conference on Sunday that the actions of INDECOM were causing cops to retreat from their duties.

He suggested that INDECOM is demoralising members of the police force by the overzealous manner in which it conducts of conducting investigations.

Addressing business leaders at a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President’s Forum this morning Dr Phillips said INDECOM undertakes important work noting that accountability and oversight are critical to having an effective police force.

 

The opposition leader said the prime minister should be in favour of promoting accountability of the police force.

 

Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips

At a press conference yesterday INDECOM Commissioner, Terrence Williams, said it is a myth that it is overzealous in the manner in which it conducts investigations.

He outlined that for the first three quarters of 2017, it completed 697 cases and in 649 of them it recommended no criminal charge or disciplinary action be taken.

It says it recommended criminal charges in only 12 cases and disciplinary action in 20.

The INDECOM boss argued that no cop who is acting within the law should be afraid or feel demoralised by INDECOM carrying out its mandate.