CISOCA Says Its Investigative Capabilities Are Hampered By Communities Protecting Sex Offenders


The Constabulary’s Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA, says its investigative capabilities are being hampered by communities bent on protecting child sex offenders.

Head of CISOCA, Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand, says most child sex offenders are close relatives of the victims.

She says since the start of the year, there’s been 182 reports of child rapes in Kingston and St Andrew alone.

And SSP Shand says at least 40% of those suspected perpetrators have been arrested.

She says CISOCA is now on a public education campaign aimed at discouraging child sex crimes in homes and communities.

Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand, Head of the Constabulary’s Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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