JLP Hails Decision To Remove Cops Involved In Shootings From Frontline

Published: Sunday October 5, 2014
Jamaica Gleaner
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams' decision to remove from frontline duty police officers involved in incidents of death and injury is indicative of decisive leadership.

The police commissioner announced the new policy along with several others in last week’s Force Orders. The new policy, which took effect on Friday, involves both on-duty and off-duty members of the force. 

Opposition Spokesperson on National Security, Derrick Smith, says the move by the police commissioner is a positive step in the right direction in holding members of the force accountable. 

However, he says the commissioner has to clarify several things, including how the policy will work when large police groups are involved in operations where shootings take place. 

Smith says Williams will also have to explain the role of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). 

Human rights advocate, Susan Goffe, agrees with the Smith on the role of INDECOM in the new policy. 
However, Goffe says while she has not seen the police announcement, the reports suggest that the move is a step in the right direction.