Monday 15 July, 2019

Deputy Commissioner Selvin Hay now the Inspector General of the JCF

Deputy Commissioner Selvin Hay (left), the new Inspector General of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), pictured alongside Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson (centre), and Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey. (file photo)

Deputy Commissioner Selvin Hay (left), the new Inspector General of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), pictured alongside Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson (centre), and Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey. (file photo)

Deputy Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay has been appointed Inspector General of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The appointment took effect on Monday, February 18.

In a release, the JCF said Hay’s appointment forms part of the force’s strategic transformation, which will see the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) being restructured to better address matters dealing with professional standards and breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

The primary functions of the IOC are to conduct audits and inspections at all police formations, and to ensure strict adherence to the standards and procedures of the force. The aim of the unit is to evaluate matters that affect the delivery of efficient and professional services.

The structure of IOC is to include units which will pursue the anti-corruption efforts, as well as advance the drive towards institutionalising professional standards within the JCF.

The restructured IOC is to also be responsible for the force’s compliance to rule of law, force policies, regulations and operational standards, as well as the implementation of plans through a monitoring and evaluation framework.

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

The release said during his career, DCP Hay did general policing, criminal investigation, intelligence, and delivered investigative and counter-corruption training. He also commanded the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the JCF from 2012 to 2014, and had strategic responsibility for the operations of the branch that conducted investigation into corruption matters involving members of the force, as well as those who seek to corrupt members of the force.

Hay has over 31 years of policing experience.

He has also been trained and appointed a governmental expert in anti-corruption by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and was part of a team of experts which conducted a country review of Hungary’s anti-corruption mechanism in Budapest in 2013.

DCP Hay is also 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.

The JCF said a system is also being developed to facilitate feedback, including commendations, about members of the force.

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