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Probe into cheating claim against Polygraph Unit cop complete

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleya@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012    

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THE final report of an investigation into allegations that a senior cop assigned to the Polygraph Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was caught cheating in an external exam earlier this month should be in the hands of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington "shortly".

This is the word from Deputy Commissioner of Police Delroy Heath, head of the investigative team.

"We have pretty much completed the investigation and are preparing our final report on the matter, which will be given to the commissioner," a cautious DCP Heath told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

That report should contain recommendations as to the treatment of the senior cop, the Observer has learnt. Yesterday, DCP Heath, while admitting that the report contained recommendations, was short on details.

"When we do investigations we do make recommendations, but I couldn't disclose that, it would not be appropriate," he said. "We have pretty much completed the investigation and will be submitting our report very shortly. I wouldn't be able to say anything more than that."

News broke several Wednesdays ago that the senior cop had been plucked from the exam and his duties after he was seen with pre-written notes on soft paper during the test which was being conducted at the Police Academy in Twickenham Park in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Speaking with the Observer then, Senior Superintendent of Police Selvin Hay, head of the Anti-Corruption Branch under which the Polygraph Unit falls, said there would be "a lot of implications" for the senior cop at the centre of the investigation.

"I am just hoping we can all deal with it in a very fair manner," SSP Hay told the Observer at the time.

Yesterday, SSP Hay said he was still in waiting mode.

"I know they (investigations) are far advanced, but I am yet to receive a report," he told the Observer.

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