The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM is rejecting as untrue an allegation by Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, that the Commission’s investigators disarm police officers “in the streets”.
Dr. Phillips made the allegation in the House of Representatives yesterday. He told the Lower House yesterday that he has concerns about the way INDECOM operates.
Phillips commented that while the security forces are to be held accountable, they should not be embarrassed without due cause.
In a statement today – INDECOM says there’s no truth to the allegation made by Dr. Phillips.
INDECOM says the fact is, in the eight years the Commission has been in operation none of its representatives has ever disarmed a police officer at a scene or at any other time.
According to INDECOM, this procedure is always done by another member of the Constabulary at a Police Station.
When Dr. Phillips made the comment in parliament yesterday – Prime Minister Andrew Holness responded by indicating that a review of the INDECOM Act will be carried out soon to ensure balance.
Late last year – Dr. Phillips chided Prime Minister Holness for saying that INDECOM, at times, goes ‘too far’ in the way it conducts some of its investigations.
On November 28, 2017, Dr. Phillips addressed a Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ breakfast and rejected that view which was expressed by the Prime Minister.
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