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Irregularities at repairs division land cop in jail

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2012

One policeman is already behind bars and there could be other arrests shortly as the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) intensifies its probe into a raft of irregularities in the operations at the Police Transport and Repairs Division.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay confirmed that the lawman was arrested in Westmoreland.

Hay, who heads the Anti-Corruption Branch, disclosed that "a major" investigation under way into the T&R Division appears to have veered out of control.

"We are on top of the investigation; it is well under way," asserted Hay when contacted by The Gleaner yesterday.

A report tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday contained damning findings about the operations at the Transport and Repairs Division.

The auditor general's report came weeks after a Sunday Gleaner exposé which highlighted discrepancies and irregularities at the department.

Hay referred to a section of the auditor general's report that stated a probe was on in earnest.

"She mentioned that a major investigation was under way and that is what we are doing," he told The Gleaner.

"We got intelligence sometime ago in relation to some suspicious transactions ... one person who is a transport officer from Westmoreland, who has responsibility for cars is in custody."

Hay said the policeman was suspected of collecting money for vehicles that are deemed to be written off and are boarded (no longer being driven) to be auctioned off.

"So the AG (auditor general) was right up our street ... the investigations continue and other persons are under the radar."

gary.spaulding@gleanerjm.com