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ISCF gets injunction to block merger with JCF

Stalled!

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator - Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014    

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THE Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) yesterday obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court blocking its merger with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The injunctions came hours before Security Minister Peter Bunting issued a press release stating that the merger was going according to plan. The release noted that several hundred ISCF members across the island had signed a letter accepting the condition of the merger.

A merger of the two arms of the police force, which has being deliberated on for more than a decade, was announced recently by the Government.

However, the ISCF Association has taken issue with the conditions of the propose merger. A letter over the signature of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington gives ISCF members five days, from April 7, to sign and return to the Police High Command.

In addition, it also states that "members transferred from the ISCF who were promoted on or after November 1, 2013 will undergo a probationary period of six months from the date of that promotion, in accordance with Regulation 24(5) of the Police Service Regulations, 1961".

But the ISCF Association said this should not apply to them adn on that basis took the matter to the Supreme Court. The commissioner of police and the attorney general have been named as defendants in the suit.

The ISCF yesterday secured Judicial Review of the commissioner's decision in "Force Orders dated April 3, 2014 to transfer members of the Island Special Constabulary Force into the Jamaica Constabulary Force; and Force Order 3488 dated April 10, 2014 to transfer members of the Island Special Constabulary Force into the Jamaica Constabulary Force".

The Judicial Review hearing is set for May 12 and 13.

Attorneys Vernon Daley and Emily Crooks of the law firm Gifford, Thompson Bright made the application for the court orders before Justice Courtney Day.

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