Police to film their activities

The Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, will be introducing cameras to monitor their activities in an effort to deal with the issue of use of force by police personnel .

National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced the new approach at Thursday morning's Jamaica House press briefing.

The Minister explained that this will help to protect citizens from undue force by members of the JCF, as well as protect the police from wrongful accusations:

The Ministry of National Security will also be implementing a project to deploy body-worn cameras for select JCF units.  This is scheduled to commence roll out in the second half of the year.  The purpose of this project is to improve the collection of evidence of criminal activity in an effort prosecute and reduce such activity; and improve the transparency of JCF activities when interacting with the public, Bunting said.

He added that Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, has been instructed to remind JCF members of the protocol as it relates to INDECOM including the following arrest policy, incident scene preservation and the primacy of INDECOM at such scenes, immediate notification of INDECOM, ballistic submissions, administrative reviews, independent Officer Accounts and non-collaboration on the Accounts of Incidents, and submission of officers statements.

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