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The Police Public Complaints Authority (PPCA), has established a contact point at 39 Main Street, Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth.
Making the disclosure at the recent monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, Acting Director of Complaints and Investigations, Cleon Roberts, said the office is opened every second Thursday, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
“It is there to serve, in receiving and carrying out investigations on complaints made against the police. Once a complaint is lodged, we inform the senior officer of the area and the person in question, and have the person respond to the allegations. If it is a criminal matter, it is referred to other bodies,” Mr. Roberts said.
Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, welcomed the establishment of a contact point by the PPCA in the parish.
“It is a welcomed move. It will provide access to persons who have issues with the police. It will help in a tremendous way with the resolving of challenges with citizens in the parish and the police,” he said.
The PPCA is an independent body set up by Government, and staffed by civilians, to investigate complaints made against members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It also provides supervision on investigations carried out by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), and the Police Complaints Division.

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