JCF seeks to clarify reports surrounding recent August Town operation

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JCF seeks to clarify reports surrounding recent August Town operation

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is seeking to clarify statements made in a local newscast on Sunday about a recent police operation in August Town, St Andrew.

According to a statement from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the JCF, on Wednesday, November 13 police officers were carrying out operations in the area, led the divisional Criminal Investigations Branch.

The police said these operations were pre-planned and formed part of a wider initiative aimed at improving citizens safety and security by arresting wanted persons and cauterizing criminal activities, to include robberies in the area.

The CCU said, at one of the targeted locations, one wanted man was arrested. At another of the targeted locations, Bottom River in African Gardens, August Town, the team went in search of Oshane Morris, otherwise called 'Chucky', who is wanted for absconding bail for murder.

Lawmen said on approaching that area, two men were seen, one armed with a rifle. The team pursued them and one was held, however, the man armed with the rifle ran into the riverbed where several explosions were heard and he escaped, the statement continued.

The police said they subsequently received reports of men seen in the Warrender Place area of the community. This, CCU said, caused the team to move to that location, where a search conducted yielded one M-16 magazine loaded with 10 5.56 rounds of ammunition.

A 66-year-old woman was reportedly questioned at the location, while two women and a man were questioned and later released.

The CCU emphasised that this was not one of the original targeted locations but that the team responded to a call for service.

The police urged persons making public utterances about their actions to be mindful of the damage inaccurate statements can have on the relationship between the police and citizens.

The JCF said there are several avenues available for persons seeking recourse for police actions they deem undesirable, and persons are asked to fully utilise these avenues.

It also advised that it has its own internal investigations unit based at the Inspectorate and Professional Oversight Bureau (IPROB), and complaints or commendations about police behaviour can be made to this unit by calling 876-838-3084 or 876-968-1932.

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