Murder convictions are down to only 6-percent and the leadership and management of the Constabulary Force is weak and doesn’t want to be held accountable.
That’s according to the Police Civilian Oversight Authority, PCOA.
The PCOA was established in 2006 and operates as a separate entity from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, to ensure accountability in operational matters.
Its Chairman, Criminologist Professor Anthony Harriott, and CEO Dave McIntosh, were speaking on Cliff Hughes Online Thursday morning.
At a time when the nation is being gripped by an alarmingly high murder rate, Professor Harriott says the conviction rate for the serious crime, has been consistently falling.
It’s one of the reasons he supports the controversial sentence reduction day initiative.
The PCOA is also lamenting poor leadership and management in the Constabulary.
The PCOA has been called into question following an apparent fall out between Police Commissioner George Quallo and National Security Minister, Robert Montague.
This after the Minister demanded accountability from the Commissioner over the embarrassing Palisadoes Airport fiasco.
Mr. McIntosh says the leadership and management of the Constabulary need an urgent fix.
He says three of the seven chapters in the 2008 Strategic Review of the JCF, speak to leadership and management. But he says up to now, the rate at which the force enforces its own policies internally is not where it should be.
And Professor Harriott says the leadership and management challenges in the force, also affect its ability to investigate crimes.
In the meantime, Professor Harriott says the PCOA is to be merged with the Police Services Commission, PSC, this year. He says the move should see the PCOA having more power to hold members of the Constabulary accountable.
The Professor says currently the organization has no authority to do so.
He says the merger of the two entities will facilitate the sharing of the PSC’s power to appoint and to dismiss people.