JCF vows to punish cops

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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The police high command last night said it has asked the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for information regarding its claim that some cops are planting guns at certain crime scenes as it intends to probe the matter and punish any member of constabulary found guilty.

“The JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) takes these allegations very seriously and would like the matter to be probed further. As a direct result, we have written to INDECOM asking them to provide us with the information regarding their public claims to facilitate further investigation.

“The JCF is giving the public an undertaking that the matter will be thoroughly investigated and we will assist in bringing any member found in breach of the law to justice,” the high command said in a statement.

INDECOM made the claim last week in its first quarterly report for 2018 saying that the “planted firearm scenario” remains “a troubling feature for which the JCF must take responsibility to eradicate”.

Last night the JCF said that it continues to conduct audits, which are done by the inspectorate of Constabulary and the Ministry of National Security.

“Since the start of this year, three such audits have been undertaken, each lasting for approximately four weeks. This, as we continue to bolster our accountability framework and as things arise bring them to the attention of INDECOM as well as carry out our own internal investigation,” the JCF said.

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