The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Anti-Corruption Branch last year, arrested and charged 51 of its members, as it continues to weed out corrupt members within its ranks.
A total of 91 persons were charged, with the remaining 40 persons being civilians.
National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, who made the revelation while contributing to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 19, said the move is in keeping with the JCF’s commitment to remove and eradicate the “blight of corruption from the Force’s reputation”.
He noted that the JCF is dedicated to ensuring that those charged with upholding law and order “in our society demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and integrity in the performance of their duties”.
Mr. Bunting further informed that some 14 members were retired in the public interest and 50 persons were removed from the force for acts that were considered unethical, or which breached the organisation’s Code of Conduct.
He said this brings the number to about 400 persons, in the last four to five years, who have been separated from the JCF based on the efforts of the Anti-Corruption Branch.
Additionally, Mr. Bunting noted that in accordance with the vetting policy initiated by the Strategic Review, ethical interviews and polygraph examinations are conducted routinely, in order to facilitate promotion and placement of personnel in sensitive areas within the JCF.
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