Saturday 28 March, 2020

Only 5 per cent sanction of cops probed by INDECOM - Anderson

Major General Antony Anderson

Major General Antony Anderson

A very number of Jamaica Constabulary Force members who were probed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) last year were actually criminally charged or recommended for disciplinary action, the force has noted.

In fact, the police is reporting that less than six per cent of officers who were investigated by INDECOM in 2018, were charged or recommended for charges or disciplinary action.

Speaking at the Lion’s Club Speaker’s meeting earlier this week, Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson said 599 cases against police officers were reported to INDECOM in 2018.

Of that number, he said disciplinary charges were recommended against only 26 of the officers, and criminal charges for just five.

Anderson said the reality was that just over five per cent of the total number of law enforcers who were probed by INDECOM in 2018 were charged or had disciplinary actions taken against them.

The commissioner, however, reminded members of the force to abide by the three guiding principles of service:

•             Rule of law

•             Respect for all; and

•             A force for good

He also reminded Jamaicans and visitors to the country to support the work of the police in an effort to help law enforcers to keep both locals and visitors safe.

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