Statement From Police High Command in Response to Radio Feature

March 22, 2018 – The Police High Command has noted with concern the disturbing and unacceptable behaviours being ascribed to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force through a radio feature.

The purported actions, which are being recounted by an alleged lawman, are categorically condemned by the High Command as they do not align with the principles and standards of a modern Police Force.

The JCF has implemented a series of measures to reinforce acceptable standards of behaviour by its members, particularly with respect to use of force, human rights and engagement with the public.

Additionally, the JCF has an Early Intervention System (EIS), a proactive approach to identifying members who may display tendencies of abnormal behaviour and thereby allowing for timely intervention. The Early Intervention System (EIS) is a structured approach to identifying, intervening and ultimately diverting members from behaviours inconsistent with the expected standards of the Force. In essence, the EIS is aimed at identifying early signs of unethical conduct; determining methods of intervention and implementing monitoring of the concerned member.

Moreso, the JCF shares a collaborative relationship with external oversight bodies and agencies such as the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM)—which has been investigating these matters since 2011 in collaboration with the Inspectorate of Constabulary

(IOC)—as well as the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) that also treats with situations such as are being alleged.

We will further seek to create a mechanism that will allow persons who have information in these matters to offer same in confidence and without fear. We encourage these persons contained in the feature to come forward and give the information to INDECOM, the IOC and/or MOCA to facilitate a thorough investigation.

We take this opportunity to remind our members of the Force’s intolerance of unlawful conduct and reassure citizens of our continued commitment to professional service delivery and standards.

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