People criticize the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) daily. Well-intentioned Jamaicans, as well as yours truly criticize those who criticize the agency when we feel their remarks are unfounded, uninformed, or malicious. Yet I would be hypocritical if I did not acknowledge the glaring problems which continue to define the JCF. This, even as the Agency claims it is re-inventing itself. It appears even the simplest task, is a task too great for the Agency. Let alone the expectation that it operate as a professional and productive entity.
The common misconception being promulgated is that if we can fix the JCF crime will be a thing of the past. Those of us who fought in the trenches know better. Yet the JCF continue to add fuel to that fire of mis-information and naivete, because of its absolute incompetence. The Murder trial of Adijia Palmer o/c Vybes Kartel is front and center in the news, yet it seem the Police are hell-bent on destroying what ought to be an open and shut case against the accused.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Vernal Thompson shocked the court during the Vybz Kartel murder trial yesterday when he declared that he was not surprised at certain things that took place in the investigation of the matter because criminals were within the police force.Thompson made the admission, which solicited audible reaction from the jurors and others in the court, while he was being cross-examined by defence attorney Pierre Rogers in the closely watched trial in the Home Circuit Court.http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senior-cop-shocks-court-with-admission-about-JCF-at-Vybz-Kartel-trial.
This accused has already beaten one murder rap. God knows how many people he may have ordered killed, or may have killed himself. This is probably the best chance the State has of putting this guy away . Despite that the Police department appears to be doing it’s level best, to live up to its reputation as a corrupt irredeemable agency which time is past. One of the first thing a detective learns is never to volunteer information. Neither under examination nor cross-examination. It is imperative not to seek to clarify anything, it is the job of the Prosecutor to do so. If possible answer in (mono-syllables) “Yes, No”. As a detective I saw this many times. Police witnesses depart from these simple rules, jeopardizing criminal cases in the process. Generally these are cops who play secondary or peripheral roles who want to talk the most. As an investigating officer it requires steely resolve to sometime resuscitate your case. The JCF is supposed to be staffed with more educated , intelligent officers. My question to them is what exactly are you educated in? It seem despite the criticisms and howls of condemnations, the JCF is determined to self destruct.