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As further evidence of its determination to reduce police corruption, the Government has granted $500 million to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Anti Corruption Branch’s recurrent budget, in the First Supplementary Estimates 2009/10.
According to the Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 22) by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, the sum now increases the Branch’s budget to $536.4 million.
At least $500 million will be spent as compensation for the staff, while $3.5 million will go to paying utility bills. There was a savings of $3 million from the previous budget on the purchase of goods and services.
The police department will also benefit from an allocation of $369 million to continue the implementation of the recommendations of the Strategic Review of the Force.
The report from the review sets out an “integrated suite of recommendations” aimed at bringing about fundamental reform of the JCF, and to enable the Government to meet its responsibility for a safe and secure Jamaica.
Among the other police sections which received increases in their recurrent budget in the estimates were: Police Strategy and Plan (formerly Professional Standards), $110 million; Computerisation, $12 million; Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), $2.5 million; Operation Kingfish, $3.8 million; Criminal Records Office, $4.3 million; Mobile Reserve, $8.7 million; Transport and Repairs, $4 million; and Motorised Patrol, $ $10 million.
The increased spending is, however, largely due to cuts in several other areas of the Police Department, including Human Resource Management and Direction and Administration which suffered cuts totalling over $1 billion.

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