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Western cops who fail lie detector test to undergo administrative, investigative reviews

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Cops who work in western Jamaica and who have failed lie detector tests are to be subjected to administrative and investigative reviews.

The National Security Council which says instructions have been given to Commissioner of Police, George Quallo.

The Council says at its last meeting it was determined that Police Area 1, which comprises St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, would be the focus of systematic polygraphing of police personnel.

It says at a meeting yesterday the council was updated that 78 cops who are deployed to Area 1 had so far been polygraphed.

The Council says the police commissioner, who was at the meeting, was instructed that members who had returned findings which raised concerns will now go through an administrative and investigative process where needed, based on the results of the polygraph.

Meanwhile, the security council says it received a report from Commissioner Quallo and an update of the operations and plans of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in tackling crime, in particular murder, extortion and lottery scamming.

It says the council agreed that a critical element in the general crime strategy is to ensure the integrity of law enforcement institutions and agents.