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JAMAICA | PNP says National Security Facing an Existential Crisis

Featured The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr Fitz Jackson, M.P., The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr Fitz Jackson, M.P.,
KINGSTON, Jamaica. May 2, 2019: The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson, says the announced ‘reformation’ of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) appears to have emanated from an ongoing internal crisis in the national security apparatus and the loose leadership and administration of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Mr. Jackson said this was manifested in the frightening events at Chedwin Park on the Old Harbour Road, which exposed the existence of what appears to be an active “Hit” squad within the ranks of the Mobile Reserve.

In a statement today, Mr Jackson said the statement by National Security Minister Horace Chang on the incident is most inadequate.

In light of the conflicting statements made on the Chedwin Park incident by the Commissioner of Police and his crime chief, and the grave implication for the country’s national security, the JCF and the Ministry of National Security, it requires nothing less than a prompt independent inquiry to restore public confidence in the institution of the Constabulary.

He said also that this level of investigation cannot be left to any re-assigned JCF officer because in this sensitive matter the JCF should not be allowed to investigate itself.

Mr Jackson said he is very concerned because other similar recent incidents in other parts of the country are yet to be accounted for by the Police High Command. “We need to recall that there have been similar claims made previously of incidents in the Clarendon Police Division, in Montego Bay and in the Corporate Area of similar horrifying events which demands a full and independent inquiry.

All of these events raise grave concerns regarding the quality of the leadership of the JCF and the Ministry of the National Security”, Mr Jackson said.

“Nothing short of a panel appointed under the Commission of Enquiry Act will satisfy the Parliamentary Opposition on this issue which has grave implications for the life of every single Jamaican, regardless of class, colour, religion or political affiliation”, he asserted.

Given the fact that the Minister of National Security made no mention of the proposed dissolution of the Mobile Reserve during his recent sectoral presentation to the Parliament, it is not unreasonable to draw the inference that this latest announcement is a knee-jerk reaction being presented as a decision-making process in the command structure of the JCF.

Minister Chang must give the country a full account of the events, appoint a commission to investigate and assure the public of continued professionalism of the JCF.

Mr Jackson said it was the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the JCF is properly managed in accordance with the law and established procedures.

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