The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is a valuable institution that is proving effective in its work, despite the many slings and arrows hurled at it by various politicians (including, repeatedly, Damion Crawford on Twitter), and of course representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. In this speech, Commissioner Williams responds to the latest claims – that INDECOM has led to an increase in crime. Let’s consider his measured response carefully.
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has reduced their ability to perform their crime reduction functions effectively. Variations of this claim have been made by a number of people and organizations, including the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet, members of the Opposition when they formed the Government, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), including representatives of the Police Federation, which represents the rank and file members of the Force.
Below is the text of Commissioner Williams’ speech, entitled “INDECOM and Police Effectiveness: A Statistical Analysis”, as well as a PDF copy – Jan 11 2018 – Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town – INDECOM & Police Effectiveness
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