Six employees at the Firearm Licensing Authority have separated from the agency as the scandal gripping the organization continues to unfold.
This was disclosed in a lengthy statement from the FLA Monday morning.
The statement from the authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Shane Dalling, seeks to clarify certain events.
The statement also revealed that one of the missing files relating to the X6 murder case was found last month. But it’s not the file of the then accused in the case, Patrick Powell.
Under the signature of the CEO Shane Dalling, the FLA in its statement says it’s now able to lay out the circumstances and achievements under a reform programme.
This, as it has now finalized an internal investigation. The FLA says it’s now on a new path of accountability.
As part of this reform, it says earlier this month one senior staff had his contract terminated; one member who was on secondment returned to the authority and another employee separated by mutual consent.
Also in August, the contract of one member of staff in western Jamaica was terminated. It says two other staff members entered into separation agreements by mutual consent.
Additionally, the statement alleges that when the FLA revoked some gun licenses last month, the notification was deliberately stalled.
However, it does not say who stalled those notifications.
The statement also confirms information reported by Nationwide News following an interview with FLA CEO Shane Dalling last week.
It says the board met with the JCF’s fingerprint unit in May because suspicious fingerprint records had been found on files.
It says criminal records were showing convictions, but the fingerprint records were somehow clean.
The statement also notes that the Police High Command took four months to provide information on an applicant, which they had requested for immediate attention in February.
Meanwhile, the FLA CEO has also revealed that one of the missing files relating to the X6 murder case was found in July.
But Patrick Powell’s file relating to his licensed firearm remains missing from the Authority.
He was acquitted of the murder of Khajeel Mais last October.
The missing file was also an issue in the recent case against him for failing to turn over his gun for inspection.
Powell was convicted and sentenced to nine months for the crime.
The FLA statement also details several apparently corrupt activities at the agency, including FLA staff extorting licensed gun holders.
Meanwhile, the FLA says a series of reforms are underway at the scandal-hit agency.
In a statement today, the FLA CEO outlines eleven reforms which he says are being implemented with vigour.
This includes reorganizing the authority by reclassifying, training and re-engineering processes, which will be fast tracked.
Gun license examinations are to be re-introduced in September.
The Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA, will also become a part of the vetting process at the FLA.
Additionally, all staff are to be vetted using lie detector tests.
A fingerprint terminal is to be installed at the FLA, and all guns in storage beyond the legal time will be confiscated.
These guns will be destroyed by the JDF unless they’re found to be of some historic value.
The FLA says a review of all Firearm Trainers will be continued, and the policy of certifying trainers annually will be implemented, despite objections.
The agency adds that the separation of the department for new applicants, from the operation of the review board, will lead to better protection and confidentiality.
Finally, the FLA says the review of the Firearms Act and regulation to close gaps and modernize the law is soon to be completed.