ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020


August 1 – Emancipation Day – is as good a day as any to restart writing my weekly news posts. I have missed doing them, actually. They help me (and hopefully you) keep a finger on the pulse of things. So, it’s a humid evening, an hour to go before curfew kicks in at 11. … More ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
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…

INDECOM Reports 8 Police Fatal Shootings in the Past Week: Any Body-Worn Camera Footage?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In two press releases this week, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) reported on eight people having been killed in the past seven days by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). In one of those incidents, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were also involved.…

Friday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 2, 2017


It’s been hectic, and my review this week looks back over the past ten days. I hope it’s not too late to be useful. Please click on highlighted links for more information on these stories! Building in the wrong places: In the aftermath of the floods, there has been much focus on building. Should there be … More Friday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 2, 2017

Increased Police Killings, Privacy and Other Concerns: INDECOM’S 1st Quarterly Report 2017


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Jamaica’s Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is a Commission of Parliament mandated “to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other agents of the State that result in death or injury to persons or the abuse of the rights of persons”. (INDECOM Act)…

A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016


What a week. The weather is hot – day and night. The White-Crowned Pigeon (“Baldpate”) is coming to our bird bath in the middle of the day, just to drink. When I refill the baths (making sure all the old water is gone, so as not to breed mosquitoes) the birds are just sitting in … More A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection


I touched on this issue in a recent post, and am happy to say that I now have the complete text of a speech by Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams to the Rotary Club on Mandeville on August 11, 2015. I am sharing this with you, because I feel Mr. … More Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection