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Crime experts poached by local and international companies

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Richard Mitchell, Staff Reporter

COMMISSIONER OF Police Dr Carl Williams has said members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are being poached by local and overseas companies.

Speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the commissioner highlighted the efforts being undertaken to adequately train experts in various positions in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and MOCA, but bemoaned the problem of losing talent.

"We are training our experts, but one of the problems we have is that when you train them, they are poached," Williams said.

"They are poached by other companies in Jamaica and many companies outside of Jamaica."

Detailing efforts being implemented to counteract brain drain, Williams said bonding persons who receive expertise training is one option being instituted.

"We are having to institute some means of bonding them prior to their training so that when they get their training, we can keep them to do the work that we (trained) them to do."

MOCA was initially formed in June 2012 to establish an elite task force to focus on bringing high-value criminals (kingpins) to justice. In August, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting announced that the task force was merging with the Anti-Corruption Branch of the JCF.

MOCA announced on Wednesday that it arrested a Kingston businesswoman in connection to the production and issuance of fraudulent motor vehicle insurance documents.

richard.motchell@gleanerjm.com