Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Firearms and Tactical Training Unit, FTTU, Assistant Commissioner, Gary Welsh, has admitted that the future of the unit is uncertain.

The uncertainty follows concerns first raised by Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, that the unit may have facilitated the violation of the human rights of Jamaicans.

Reports have emerged that the FTTU is being reviewed following sanctions by the United States Government under that country’s Leahy law.

The law prohibits the US State Department from giving military assistance to foreign forces accused of violating human rights with impunity.

Speaking yesterday afternoon with Nationwide News, Assistant Commissioner Welsh confirmed that the future of the Firearms and Tactical Training Unit is uncertain. But he would not say why.

Mr. Welsh was quick to point out that the FTTU was still in effect.

Assistant Commissioner Welsh says the firearms training unit has been operating above board.

ACP Welsh says he was not aware of what our police sources say is a practice at the FTTU, to train some officers to kill persons suspected of criminal activities.

He says the unit has not been engaged in any sinister activity.

ACP Welsh is also the Force Chaplain.

It’s understood that his stewardship of the FTTU is under international scrutiny.

And ACP Welsh says he’s not able to comment on word that his United States visa has been revoked.

Last week, the parliamentary opposition said it had given portfolio Minister Peter Bunting 24-hours to respond to concerns regarding the disbanding of the FTTU, or else it would table questions in parliament.

No such questions were laid on the table of the House yesterday.

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