Police High Command: We have no intention to sabotage INDECOM
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Constabulary Force says it has no intention to sabotage what it calls the good work of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
The response from the Police High Command follows concerns from civil society leaders about an initiative announced by the Inspectorate of Constabulary to probe allegations of police excesses.
A statement released yesterday by the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) stated that the decision to probe allegations of police excesses was influenced by recent complaints from citizens regarding the conduct of some of its members while on operational duties.
However, executive director of Jamaicans for Justice Dr Carolyn Gomes, characterised the move as a calculated ploy to sabotage the work of INDECOM and influence a parliamentary review of the police oversight body.
Gomes received support from Opposition Spokesperson on National Security Delroy Chuck and noted Attorney-at-Law Bert Samuels who said the move would worsen the public’s mistrust of the police.
However, in a release this morning, the High Command denied any intention to sabotage the work of the INDECOM.
The police say they have no intention to take over the work of INDECOM.
While apologising if the release did not fully explain their position, the police say having reviewed the CCN release, they see no basis for allegations of sabotage.
The Police High Command says it is urging those who are always too quick to drive a wedge between institutions by their utterances, to seriously consider the value of their contribution to public discussions.
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