Thursday 24 September, 2020

INDECOM investigators to start wearing body cameras

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is to commence the use of body-worn cameras on selected Investigators beginning June 15.

“The investigators will be outfitted with the cameras in the execution of official investigative duties when attending incident scenes, interviewing concerned officers, attending police stations to gather documents, and when taking accounts from eyewitnesses,” a release from INDECOM stayed.

Members of the investigative teams for the eastern (Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas and Portland) and south eastern (St Catherine, St Mary, east St Ann) regions are to be deployed with the cameras for a two-month trial period.

The cameras are to be visible, and persons will be informed that the devices are being utilised.

“We believe that the use of technology is an important component towards achieving a premier investigative body. Body-worn cameras are useful monitoring tools for the maintenance of the commission’s professional standards, training and detecting or refuting allegations of misconduct,” the release from INDECOM further stated.

“BWCs (body-worn cameras) are now a regular and common investigative tool for law enforcement agencies worldwide, and Jamaican counterparts should consider it to be beneficial in securing public trust and confidence,” commented INDECOM Commissioner, Terrence Williams.

“Our stakeholders, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), have been advised of the upcoming implementation, and the commission is hopeful for their continued co-operation,” the commission stated.

At the end of the trial period, the future value and any observed operational issues are to be assessed before the cameras are distributed to all INDECOM investigative staff across the country, the release outlined.

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