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  • The Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) is urging police personnel to adhere to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) policy.
  • Mr. Beaumont also stressed the importance of physical cell checks, as this will significantly reduce the cases of jail breaks
  • Over 46 police stations covering four divisions across the island were inspected by the PCOA in 2015

The Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) is urging police personnel to adhere to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) policy.

Addressing members of the St. Elizabeth Divisional Command of the JCF, recently, Manager of Inspection and Monitoring at the PCOA, Andrew Beaumont, told them that “before you can protect others, you have to be mindful of protecting yourselves in terms of adhering to the Force Orders.”

He explained to the officers that protecting themselves must start with maintaining proper records relating to the station diary, firearm register and general property book, and carrying out duties in accordance with the JCF policy.

Mr. Beaumont also stressed the importance of physical cell checks, as this will significantly reduce the cases of jail breaks.

The PCOA was established on August 21, 2006 as a mechanism, external to the Police Force, to ensure accountability, adherence to policy guidelines and observance of proper policing standards by the Force, thereby engendering increased public confidence.

Over 46 police stations covering four divisions across the island were inspected by the PCOA in 2015.

Some areas of focus during those inspections included: records and station management, prisoners in custody, and cell capacity.