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December 31, 2013
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Motorists warned to stop bribing cops

Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

The hierarchy of the Island Special Constabulary Force is warning motorists that it is a crime to offer its members bribes.

It was revealed toTHE STAR that in 2013 in St Catherine North, more than a dozen persons were convicted under section 14 (3) of the Corruption Prevention Act.

"We need for persons and motorists in particular to desist from offering to bribe us. We are doing our duties and don't want to be incriminated," a special corporal said.

The police said the perpetrators must know that it is a crime.

"Despite the police continuing its drive to stamp out the practice, unscrupulous person are still trying," an officer said.

THE STAR learnt of two motorists being charged and convicted over the Christmas weekend for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

These persons are often cited for breaches of the Road Traffic Act. They tried to pay before being brought before the Resident Magistrate's Court.

Meanwhile, several motorists said there are times when they don't want to be a problem, but out of ignorance they have opted to offer bribes.

The accused are often fined between $10,000 and $50,000 for attempting to bribe a constable.

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