Assault is most common complaint against police

December 09, 2016

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said it received 899 complaints from members of the public last year.

In its most recent annual report which was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, INDECOM said assaults continue to be the most common complaint, with 289 cases of assault recorded.

INDECOM said that in recent times it has seen an increase in the number of discharges of firearm. Some 151 were recorded for the period.

There were 101 fatal shootings in 2015, and 98 were shootings related to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The commission also noted that 89 per cent of the incidents were shootings, while six per cent were deaths in custody.

"In relation to shooting incidents, it should be noted that not all such incidents end in loss of life," INDECOM said.

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