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INDECOM expecting to settle arrest and charge protocols soon

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it expects to settle on a Memorandum of Understanding to guide the arrest and charge of members of the security forces in a few weeks.

Assistant Commissioner Hanish Campbell says INDECOM has been meeting with the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defense Force to discuss the protocols.

Campbell says the talks have been fruitful.

He says INDECOM is seeking to strengthen established principles that are already in place.

Some members of the police force have expressed concern that the recent ruling by the Constitutional Court will affect how they go about exercising their duties.

Last month, the court ruled that INDECOM investigators have the power to arrest and charge members of the constabulary after police groups challenged the Commission's authority.

The court held that the powers of INDECOM will not dilute the constitutional authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions to continue, takeover or discontinue any prosecution.


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