A plethora of detective experience was offered to whet the appetites of present and future members of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, as the branch hosted its second annual conference for investigators.
Staged at the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, the centerpiece of the day was a panel discussion that was led by six past members of the CIB. Among the items discussed were the importance of note-taking and capacity building and training. The men were part of a group of 30 renowned investigators who were invited to share their experiences at the conference. Between them, they logged in excess of 800 years in the field.
Some were later honoured for their service with special plaques, which were presented by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Glenmore Hinds and Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the Flying Squad, Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford.
The future shining stars of the CIB, who are now participants of the High Potential Detective Training Programme (designed to bolster the middle management of the CIB) were also on hand to share in the knowledge-fest, as well as to share their experiences under the theme 'Enhancing investigative capacity in pursuit of justice'.
Also in attendance was Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, who encouraged the sleuths to rededicate themselves to the task at hand. He advised them to coordinate investigations across divisional borders; to fully exploit the opportunities of technology in the investigative process and to pursue investigations with the prosecutorial process in mind.
Other senior investigators stressed the rules of evidence and guidelines for preparing a case for trial, while Justice Brain Sykes gave a special presentation on the current legal framework surrounding bail.