Chuck pleased with reduction in police killings

December 02, 2016
Delroy Chuck

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has lauded the efforts towards reducing fatal shootings involving members of the security forces.

In doing so, he mentioned the work of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM),

He was speaking at the recently held National Integrity Action/ Office of the Chief Justice fifth Parish Court Judges Training Seminar at the Jewel Dunn's River Resort in St Ann.

Chuck's observation comes against the background of the recently released Amnesty International report on unlawful police homicide in Jamaica.

"We in the justice sector cannot ignore the Amnesty report as it paints a poor picture of the criminal justice system," he said.

He noted that a country with 35 to 40 per cent of police homicide annually in organised operations is sending a signal Jamaica is observing rules of engagement and international standards of policing more in the breach.

Chuck said Jamaicans should not underestimate the perils faced by law enforcement officers while executing their duties.

"Jamaica has some violent criminals who are prepared to take on the security forces. Yet we cannot yield to unlawful and excessive conduct", he said.

Chuck said establishing INDECOM was intended to bring Jamaica in compliance with various international legal standards.

He added that the reduction seen in fatal shootings by the police must be applauded, as last year police shooting fell below the 100 mark for the first time in decades.

Chuck said the public can have confidence in the presence of an independent oversight body, with sufficient teeth to discourage misbehaviour and human rights abuse by agents of the State.

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