INDECOM Raises Concerns About Officers on Frontline Duty with Serious Offences Pending

by August 11th, 2017

The Independent Commission of Investigations INDECOM is again raising concerns about the deployment of officers on frontline duty, when a charge for a serious offence is pending against them.

The concern from INDECOM comes as it investigates the shooting and wounding of a man on riverside drive in Kingston yesterday morning.

INDECOM says the report, it has received from the police, indicate that JCF officers were on patrol, and allegedly came under gunfire upon chasing men onto Riverside Drive yesterday.

The gunfire was returned and a man was found in a residence with a gunshot wound to the leg. A Taurus pistol was reportedly recovered from the scene.

INDECOM says it notes with concern that this shooting incident involves one officer for whom a warrant for the charge of murder has been prepared, in respect of a shooting in May 2016.

The execution of the warrant for arrest and charge has been delayed as the Officer is seeking judicial review.

According to INDECOM, in the matter for which the officer is charged, the JCF High Command was informed of the fact that the killing was suspicious and a likelihood of a charge being preferred.

INDECOM states that it has repeatedly reminded the JCF that it is inappropriate to have an officer on front line duty who is suspected of or will be charged for a criminal offence.

The agency says yesterday’s incident is the second shooting, this year, the first of which was a double fatal shooting in February. That matter is still being investigated by INDECOM.

The Commission states that it considers it incongruous that in such circumstances any officer should be engaged on operational street duties with such arrest warrants in existence.