Friday 25 September, 2020

WATCH: Security Ministry moves to review salaries at MOCA

The Ministry of National Security has moved to review the salaries of officers at the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Matthew Samuda made the disclosure while piloting the Regulations for MOCA in the Senate last Friday.

"The Minister of National Security is in active negotiations with the Minister of Finance with respect to salary packages," Samuda said.

"The primary objective of these negotiations is to ensure that the salary packages are commensurate to the quality of the work being undertaken by MOCA officers, who are investigative specialists in cyber and forensic capabilities; and who will continue to provide support to local law enforcement activities," he added.

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure) Regulations 2020 was passed in the upper house on Friday.

The Regulations now give effect to the provisions of the MOCA Act, which include the establishment of MOCA as a statutory law-enforcement agency with operational independence and authority.

Samuda said the Code of Conduct is important in establishing clear guidelines for officers and its enforcement.

“The establishment of the Code of Conduct is a timely reminder that those involved in law enforcement hold a position of public trust and ought to operate with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, ethical conduct, and a professional image at all times,” he said.

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