“Understand clearly that INDECOM is part of the legislative framework of the land. It is a standing commission of Parliament, it is not going anywhere. So don’t do anything bad, you have nothing to fear,” National Security Minister Robert Montague said at the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and INDECOM.
“The JCF and INDECOM have had a tumultuous relationship since the commission was established in 2010, with the mandate to investigate actions by agents of the State, including the police, Jamaica Defence Force soldiers, and correctional officers, which result in the death, abuse of rights, or injury of people.
But Montague, who said the MoU was a parting gift to outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams, said19 attorneys will be employed to work alongside the police when an INDECOM investigation is launched.
The National Security Minister said the attorneys will accompany the lawmen when being questioned by INDECOM investigators and aid in the preparation of their cases eliminating the need for police officers to find lawyer fees.
The MoU between the two organisations was first announced by Montague in September last year.
Meanwhile, Montague also announced that the Andrew Holness government will be implementing several measures in 2017 aimed at boosting the resources of the JCF in the fight against criminal elements in the society.
“We are going to disrupt some criminal forces. Dutty criminal goin run weh,” Montague said at the JCF Annual Devotion Exercise held under the theme “Our journey… with Christ”.
He vowed to fix police stations islandwide and that on January 21, two boats will be handed over to the force to patrol Jamaica’s borders.
The National Security Minister said that the government intends to enlist 1000 new police officers this year and that police officers will also be required to do courses that will contribute to credits for attaining a degree.
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