Lie detector tests for St James cops


May 02, 2017
Members of the security forces on patrol in Montego Bay, St James, late last year.

Cops in St James will be subjected to lie detector tests, the National Security Council has determined.

The council said that the polygraphing of police officers is part of a systematic approach to cleaning up the force.

"A critical element in the general crime strategy agreed by the National Security Council is to ensure the integrity of law-enforcement institutions and agents," said the council, which is chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo has instructed that members who return findings which raise concerns "will now go through an administrative and investigative process, where needed, based on the results of the polygraph."

The council said that 78 cops who are deployed to Area 1, which comprises St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, and Trelawny, had so far been polygraphed.

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