Finally Holness Admits INDECOM Is Having Chilling Effect On Crime Fighting..

Opposition leader Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness final­ly admits that INDECOM is hav­ing neg­a­tive effect on crime in our Country.
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indi­cat­ed a need to review the laws under which the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) oper­ates.

Speaking at yes­ter­day’s open­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the mul­ti­lat­er­al sum­mit on ‘Combating Crime in an Interconnected World’, at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, the prime min­is­ter said that his Government had to find a way to strike a bal­ance to ensure that the police are moti­vat­ed, and that crim­i­nals don’t feel that they can use exist­ing laws as a way to pro­tect them­selves.

Laws pro­tect the inno­cent, laws must pro­tect human rights, laws must nev­er be in such a way that they can be used as a tool to pro­tect crim­i­nals,” he said.

The sum­mit was attend­ed by well-known crime fight­ers from across the region, includ­ing for­mer New York police com­mis­sion­er Raymond Kelly, and secu­ri­ty and inter­na­tion­al coöper­a­tion advi­sor from Colombia, General Rosso Jose Serrano.

We know that there are some very hard­ened crim­i­nals in our soci­ety, and they act in ways that con­found us. The lev­el of sav­agery that we see, some­times we won­der where is the human­i­ty. This state can­not sit by and allow this to con­tin­ue. It erodes con­fi­dence. It cre­ates a neg­a­tive out­look,” Holness said.

The State has to act, while we recog­nise the errors of the past. The State has to be focused, and tar­get­ed and strate­gic and dri­ven by intel­li­gence on the per­pe­tra­tors,” he added.

He said the Government did not want to pull back on INDECOM, but clear­ly the com­mis­sion and the leg­is­la­tion under which it oper­ates needs to be reviewed, like any oth­er new leg­is­la­tion, to ensure that it is not an obsta­cle to law enforce­ment.

So, strik­ing that bal­ance is anoth­er polit­i­cal chal­lenge that we have to address,” Holness said.

We have to find a way to ensure that our police are moti­vat­ed, that they are will­ing to go out there with­out wor­ry that after they try to do the right thing, they end up on the wrong side of the law,” he stat­ed. http://​www​.jamaicaob​serv​er​.com/​l​a​t​e​s​t​n​e​w​s​/​H​o​l​n​e​s​s​_​s​a​y​s​_​G​o​v​;​t​_​l​o​o​k​i​n​g​_​a​t​_​r​e​v​i​e​w​_​o​f​_​I​N​D​E​C​O​M​_​A​c​t​?​p​r​o​f​i​l​e​=​1​228

This sto­ry was updat­ed from it’s orig­i­nal post­ing.