The Jamaica Constabulary Force offers a toll free hotline that guarantees anonymity to callers with information about corrupt actions of police and customs officials.
The number - 1-800-CORRUPT (1-800-267-7878) - will be answered outside Jamaica at a Crime Stoppers International Call Centre, a feature the police hope will give the public, and members of the JCF and Customs confidence to tell what they know.
People who have been coached in Jamaican Creole will answer the calls.
Arthur Williams, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, who formally declared the number open, described corruption as "one of the great enemies of the state". He said: "This Government has been quite vocal in its determination to uproot corruption and eradicate every seed of this scourge.”
FEATURES OF 1-800-CORRUPT
- Different from other police lines in that all calls remain totally anonymous
- Available to the public of Jamaica, the police and Customs staff to report allegations of corruption totally secure that their personal details will never be divulged.
- All calls will be answered off the island by trained call centre staff at a secure Crime Stoppers location.
- Information received at the call centre will be disseminated fast time to a single point of contact within the JCF’s Anti Corruption Branch for analysis and action.