A disagreement between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM over changes to the Memorandum of Understanding has resulted in a delay in the signing of the document.
The much talked about MOU was scheduled to be signed last week.
The MOU is to govern the relationship between the JCF and INDECOM. It was scheduled to be signed on Thursday of last week.
However, word came from the National Security Ministry hours ahead of the scheduled signing that the ceremony was postponed. No reason was given for the postponement.
INDECOM Commissioner, Terrence Williams, told Nationwide News yesterday that the JCF wanted to insert a particular clause in the MOU. But his organization was not comfortable with the request.
Our news centre has been informed that National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has called for further consultations before the MOU is signed.
The Memorandum comes amid concerns from some members of the Constabulary that INDECOM has led to the demoralization of the police force.
The MOU has been the subject of discussions between INDECOM, JCF and the Ministry of National Security since early last year.
In April 2016, Minister Montague told Parliament that the document was ready to be signed. But that’s still to happen.
Last week, he said he wanted the document signed ahead of Dr. Carl Williams’ final day on the job as Police Commissioner.
Dr. Williams demitted office last Friday.