JFJ Heartened by Actions of Policemen to Tackle Corruption
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans For Justice is heartened by recent incidents of policemen reporting and dealing with actions which appear corrupt. The first such report was carried in the media on August 20th 2012 that a district constable was arrested by his colleagues for illegal possession of a firearm that had earlier been stolen from the Gordon Town Police station.
Yesterday news broke, that a prominent businessman and senior policeman were to be charged for attempting to pervert the course of justice and a senior politician with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. These charges are reported to have arisen from the complaint of a Sergeant of Police that an attempt had been made to bribe him and several attempts were subsequently made to have him drop the charges.
All these accusations, and the charges that have resulted, will be tested various courts of law and until that time the accused are entitled to their presumption of innocence. However, taken together, the two incidents would seem to reflect increased willingness by policemen to challenge what they perceive to be corrupt activities by their colleagues. This is an important signal and a clear sign that the Anti Corruption branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is beginning to have significant and successful impact on the willingness of police to remain silent about corrupt activities carried out by their colleagues.
This is an important milestone for the JCF and the individual police officers involved must be commended. JFJ remains convinced that only a non-corrupt police force can have lasting and sustained impact on the country’s crime rate.