A wah ago happen to wi di people wen di crime pon di Roc beyond tun up!!!!!!
Money has become the living God as such, the lines are not even blurred as they are criss crossed. Justification for all that is bent has become the order of the day yet we wonder why corruption remains as is. Our culture is no longer solely ackee n saltfish, jerk chicken, dancehall, and reggae music, rather we must include banana republic style governance. Just think about it, and forget how we look, live, drive and our academic achievements. How can you live in a country where crime is at an almost high? Or better still, fear as a result of the brazenness of our crime being on amber alert, when the very same ones charged to eradicate are at odds with each other??
If your juniors are aware of your nefarious deeds, what exactly do you expect them to do in the name of law and order? When the crime is within force, what measure does one use to differentiate between moral and immoral? How can an island so small, where the grapevine extends from the man in the street to higher up be as oblivious to moonlighting with gains of its own? The implication, perception of this piece of reporting puts the JCF in more than an unfavourable position with the citizenry. How can you trust an entity when they do not trust themselves? How can effective policing, community development, true engagement by all sectors be achieved if the very entity has no credibility? How are we able to protect each other? When the uniform no longer garners respect, then the person wearing the uniform will be left to unpredictable elements.
I do believe it is a sad day for this country if the findings in this report are true. I suspect we have a shortage of law enforcement officers to police this crime infested island, and equally a shortage of persons lining up to join the force. Our days are indeed dark and as we have been reminded before, seek ‘Divine Intervention’ as we tread on evil ground.
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Rank and file JCF members accuse senior officers of pocketing funds for special duties
RANK and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are crying foul over their superior officers’ alleged insistence on assigning them to perform duties for private entities during regular work hours, and allegedly pocketing the payments.
In fact, instead of superior officers informing rank and file members that they are detailed for private duties, which are termed “special duties”, the Jamaica Observer has learnt that the police officers are informed by the promoters of the events for which they are assigned to work.
According to the JCF’s policy for the Extra Work Programme, police officers are allowed, to a limited extent, to engage in certain jobs while off-duty.
But disgruntled officers are claiming that senior officers are not adhering to this policy.
“We were not briefed prior to turning up at the locations. We turn up at the locations and we were given a brochure. When we reached the locations, we are ordered around by civilians who are telling us what they expect from us whilst we are there, and [who] provide us with meals after the function,” a source, who is a constable, told the Observer, adding that the meals are part of the payment plan.
The source, who described the practice as a “scam”, said officers are assigned to these events by their superiors during work hours in order to “cover up” the “scam”.
The source also said that when the event is a paid duty, the organisers would normally provide refreshments for police officers as part of the payment package, which allegedly includes cash after the event is concluded.
But the source has alleged that over the last six months, police officers have been detailed for private duty under “disguise”, adding that they were never paid. The source said, however, that they received meals.
In addition to that, the source said after they discovered the “scam”, they were never paid.
According to the source, police constables are paid $650 per hour for special duty while police officers at the rank of corporal and sergeant are paid $850 and $1,050 per hour, respectively.
The Observer has been reliably informed that at least 30 police officers have fallen victim to the “scam”.
The cops, who raised concerns that they are unable to fulfil their mandate whenever they report to work and are detailed to perform private duties, are appealing for intervention from the police high command.
“How are we supposed to fight crime when we have so much criminals [among] us? All they do is scrape for themselves and stop all the allowance that the junior officers are to get,” a disgruntled officer said.
Yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Clifford Blake told the Observer that the practice is wrong and should not be happening.
“It is a breach of the policy because the private work policy is a policy of the organisation, and if it stipulates that persons not be detailed, that would be a breach of the policy,” Blake said.
He explained that any private entity desirous of having the service of the police can make an application to the superintendent in charge, and then it is approved by his office.
“It is based on the availability of persons who are actually performing beat duty and persons who are on day off or persons on vacation leave. It cannot work for persons during their regular work hours,” Blake said.
Blake, who was unable to speak to possible sanctions yesterday, said the Police Service Commission has a range of sanctions to apply to officers who are in breach.
The deputy commissioner also told the Observer that he will be looking into the allegations raised by the rank and file officers.