The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, says the police continue to carry out operations in breach of the JCF’s Use of Force Policy.
The issue was raised in INDECOM’s second quarterly report tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.
In the report the Terrence Williams led oversight body notes that operation commanders still seemingly refuse to accept best practices to limit loss of life.
In its report INDECOM notes that during the period July 2013 to December 2015 there were three-hundred and 40 police fatal shootings.
Of that total one-hundred and 24 or 36-percent of fatalities, arose from one-hundred and 25 planned police operations.
The oversight body says the majority of these operations were conducted in breach of the JCF’s Use of Force Policy.
INDECOM asserts that of all the planned operations were a death occurred only one had a written plan.
The report further highlighted that in that one instance where a written plan was provided, no tactical options were given.
The Commission said police commanders would commonly respond to this issue that plans were provided orally.
However the oversight body argues that the lack of a written plan is at odds with a modern police force and increases public mistrust.
The report was also critical of the police’s continued and favored use of the dynamic entry tactic.
This is where the police enter a room in a building for which there are no plans and there’s no information as to what is on the other side of the door.
INDECOM says this tactic results in a disproportionate number of police related fatalities and exposes both law enforcement personnel and others to unnecessary high risk.
The Commission insists that this tactic should only be contemplated as a last resort.
The Mobile Reserve of the JCF has also been singled out for particular criticism.
The oversight body argues that while one would think a such a specialized unit would result in fewer fatalities during operations this is seemingly not the case.
INDECOM found that the unit was involved in 44 percent of fatal shootings arising from planned operations.
The Commission notes that in each instance the police similarly report approaching the property and being fired upon by armed men inside.
However at the end of the operation no injuries would be recorded for law enforcement, and in the majority of cases there are few witnesses to provide a differing account.