The Jamaica Defence Force, JDF, says it has launched an internal investigation into alleged incidents involving its members operating in the  Savanna-La-Mar South Zone of Special Operations, ZOSO.

The JDF has begun investigations following reports this week that soldiers operating in the Savanna-La-Mar South ZOSO were being heavy-handed when they engage with residents of Coke Street.

According to a report by the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday January 26, the President of at least one Citizens Association has said residents have complained of being physically and verbally abused by soldiers.

The report further stated that one resident claimed he was beaten by soldiers on January 21 after they searched his phone and saw a text he had sent.

The message, he said, was sent to his cousin. He had told him there were soldiers in the area and he should stay inside his house.

The JDF says it takes reports of this nature seriously and has launched an internal investigation into the

alleged incident.

The Force says it’s reassuring the public that the JDF ensures that all service members are trained to respect the rights of all citizens and operate within the rule of law. 

The JDF is reiterating its commitment to ensuring that strong corrective measures are applied in any case where soldiers are found to perpetrate, facilitate, allow or fail to report acts of abuse.

The JDF is urging persons to call the tip hotline at 876-837-8888 and provide information regarding the incident or any complaint in respect of actions of any member so that they may be investigated and addressed.