JCF responds to comments in Joint Select Committee of Parliament
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has responded to public debate that has followed reporting on the proceedings of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, November 13.
During the committee’s sitting, which was being held to consider amendments to the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, it was outlined that although 448 persons have been arrested and charged under the law, only two convictions have been secured so far under the legislation, by way of guilty pleas.
The JCF, in a statement, said with hundreds of cases now before the court, ”we await the successful outcome of some significant cases in the expectation that gang activities and the proliferation of gangs will be impacted”.
The JCF said it is assuring the public that going forward, it will continue to use the provisions of this legislation and others to arrest and charge alleged gang leaders and gang members, and the strongest possible cases will be prepared and placed before the courts.
The JCF said it is committed to dealing with the protracted and complex gang investigations, and will ensure that full enforcement of the law is done to cauterise gang activities across the island.