Tuesday 29 September, 2020

PNP alleges uncertainty in JCF over 'non-promotion of senior cops'

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People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister for National Security, Fitz Jackson is alleging uncertainty in the leadership ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) over what he said is the non-promotion of qualified officers.

According to Jackson, some members of the High Command who are due for confirmations, appointments and promotions, are instead being “stalled in acting positions".

“The reports indicate that the JCF has officers acting at the highest levels for periods in excess of two-and-a-half years without appointing them to the rank or promoting other qualified officers into the vacant posts,” Jackson said in a statement on Thursday.

Fitz Jackson

He said the PNP wants the Police Service Commission (PSC) to review the occurrence of vacancies at senior levels within the JCF, with a view to ensuring that these posts are filled by qualified candidates.

Additionally, the PNP wants the PSC to ensure that persons are not made to act in posts beyond an acceptable period.

“Every effort must be made to support our security forces as low morale among the officers is to the detriment of all,” said Jackson.

He added that one of the key elements in the nation’s fight against criminality across the society, is the professional contentment of those at the forefront of the battle and the provision of appropriate resources.


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