But in a submission distributed during the committee meeting, human rights group Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) suggested that Parliament should go even further and introduce a “three strikes you are out of the force” policy for belligerent members of the police force.The proposals included the introduction of a Police Reform Act that would reform police disciplinary procedure, including a ‘three strikes you are out of the force’ policy; the failure of police officers to participate in INDECOM investigations to be deemed a breach of their employment contract with the Government; removal of the need for INDECOM to prove “misconduct” before getting the authority to investigate “incidents” and to include “possible abuse of powers” in the issues; and to give INDECOM a statutory duty to play a role in disciplining errant police, as well as in observing and participating in internal disciplinary procedures for security officers who abuse citizens’ human rights or whose actions/omissions lead to loss to the State or citizens.Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-welcomes-INDECOM-judgement–JFJ-wants-more_14795775#ixzz2ajIPPUIZ.
Here’s what’s important, Peter Bunting just days ago, thought that INDECOM had too much power, in fact his exact words were “this agency is too powerful”. We commented on that in Blog post titled >Revamp,re-do, re-authorize INDECOM !
Bunting’s premise for the position he took regarding INDECOM was that the Act, as constituted had “huge consequences for national security and public interest”. At time the Minister made those rational statements, we agreed with him that the police force needed oversight, but putting another agency over the police and military, staffed with people who have no training or experience in Military of Police procedures was grossly misguided. When that is juxtaposed with the narcissistic behavior of the head of INDECOM Terrence Williams, it leads rational thinkers to be very worried for Jamaica.
We would like to know what pressure was brought to bear on the minister of National Security, between the time he thought INDECOM had too much power and yesterday, and by whom? Our country’s National Security policy cannot be dictated by a too-bit criminal lobby with an agenda!
No one denies the need for police reform, in fact police officers makes it necessary that there is oversight of their actions. The hierarchy of the police force has failed miserably to effectively recruit, train and supervise proper candidates to the Jamaica Constabulary force, the result of that is ,woefully flawed candidates which has brought the once proud agency to its knees. However a strong disciplined competent police force is in everyone’s interest, unless of course you are a criminal or a group which benefits from tearing down the police force for personal gains. Like vultures, smelling blood, this criminal lobby JFJ is not content with the rulings of the courts in the interest of the people. Through the leadership of Carolyn Gomes, the incompetent Government has allowed her to single-handedly dismantle and the demoralize the police agency, to satisfy her personal prejudices.
Carolyn Gomes has gotten overly powerful in Jamaica, it has become clear that she feels she can have the Government do whatever she wants. She has powerful backers in International circles with money to burn. Many of these monied interest wants Jamaica mired in poverty and crime. That’s how small nations are kept subservient. It is time to put an end to this madness. This woman is a plant, none of the backers of Carolyn Gomes can influence the rule of law, the administration of rights and justice, nor the legislation and implementation of law enforcement policy in their respective countries.
Police officers must have latitude to do their job, it cannot be that those we ask to protect us are afraid to act, even when their own lives are in jeopardy. I suggest Jamaican cops show up to work, do the minimum, collect their paychecks and go home to their families. Allow the Government, Gomes and those on the Constitutional Court to figure it out. Follow this suggestion and many will be taking one of the many flights out, the exodus has already started.