Deputy Commissioner Selvin Hay is new JCF inspector general

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay is the new inspector general of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), Hay's appointment, which took effect on Monday, forms part of the JCF's strategic transformation, which will see the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) restructured to robustly address matters dealing with professional standards and breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

“The primary functions of (IOC) are to conduct audits and inspections at all police formations and to ensure strict adherence to the standards and procedures of the organisation. The aim of the unit is to evaluate matters that affect the delivery of efficient and professional services,” said a CCU release.

“The structure of IOC will include units, which will pursue the anti-corruption efforts as well as advancing the drive towards institutionalising professional standards within the JCF. The restructured IOC will also be responsible for the force's strict compliance to rule of law, force policies, regulations and operational standards, as well as the implementation of plans through a robust monitoring and evaluation framework,” said the release.

Prior to his new assignment, DCP Hay was responsible for the crime and security portfolio in the JCF, having overall responsibility for criminal investigation, intelligence, personal security of heads of governments, the diplomatic corp, other VIPs and critical infrastructures.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey is expected to take over the crime and security portfolio with the promotion of Hay.

During his career, DCP Hay did general policing, criminal investigation, intelligence, delivering investigative and counter corruption training. He also commanded the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from 2012 to 2014 and had strategic responsibility for the operations of the branch that conducted investigation into corruption matters involving members of the JCF, as well as those who seek to corrupt members of the force. He has more than 31 years policing experience.

Hay was trained and appointed a governmental expert in anti-corruption by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. He is part of a team of experts, which conducted a country review of Hungary's anti-corruption mechanism in Budapest in 2013. Hay is a member of the International Congress of Police Transparency.

He is now responsible for overseeing the restructuring and reorganising of the IOC to become a central point of contact for matters relating to police corruption and complaints. A system is also being developed to facilitate feedback, to include commendations.

Said the CCU release: “The Jamaica Constabulary Force supports DCP Hay in his new role as inspector general and will continue to support him as he contributes to the JCF being 'A Force for Good'.”

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