The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, says complaints of alleged police misconduct in 2020 exceeded any other year since it started taking records.

INDECOM says 1,098 complaints of alleged police misconduct were recorded last year. 

That’s more than the 726 recorded in 2019.

Stevian Simmonds has more in this report.

INDECOM Commissioner, Hugh Faulkner, says the up tick in reports of police misconduct could be due to the use of the Disaster Risk Management Act which would see officers interacting more with members of the public.

He also reacted to recent comments by National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, that the oversight body’s remit is too broad.

Minister Chang said while INDECOM is necessary to probe cases of police fatal shooting, it should not be seen as a disciplinary body for the Constabulary.

But Commissioner Faulkner says INDECOM’s mandate empowers it to probe any action by members of the security force which result in death or abuse of citizens rights.

Mr. Faulkner is also renewing his calls for the police force to implement the use of body worn cameras.