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JCF state position on code of silence

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2008 | 2:35 PM

Deputy Commissioner in charge of Crime, Mark Shields has stated the constabulary force’s position on the reported code of silence among police personnel.

Several members of the force were quoted in yesterday’s Gleaner saying that Constable Lyn Shue, broke the secrecy pact taught in training when he made the confession.

DCP Shields said the JCF does not condone a code of silence among policemen, who are trying to cover up their wrongdoing. The reported comments by the policemen only serve to undermine the work of the force.

He said the Police Commissioner has begun investigations into cases in which sworn statements were admitted.

Yesterday Prime Minister, Bruce Golding asked the Attorney General, Dorothy Lightbourne to review the Evidence Act.

The law in its current state allows for questionable statements to be admitted as evidence, even when the people who purportedly gave them are not available for questioning.