September 30, 2020 – The recent media reports concerning the alleged discharge of firearms by police officers, in rural St. Andrew, and circulation in social media posts is noted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
INDECOM notes and commends the speedy response and action by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Commissioner of Police. Whilst the Commission will have an oversight role in the investigation of the gun salute incident, the enquiries are being led by the JCF’S Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) and Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB).
IPROB has kept the Commission fully informed of the decisive actions taken to date, with regard to identifying officers and securing forensic material and will continue to provide updates.
Discharge of firearms by members of the Security Forces remain one of the top five incidents investigated by the Commission annually. Gun salutes are illegal and the consequences of such inappropriate use of firearms can have adverse effects, causing injury or death.
All firearm holders (government and privately issued) are reminded of their duty to operate the weapon under the laws and policies for which it was assigned.