Director General’s Foreword
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) was created through the amalgamation of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in August, 2014. The formation is in direct response to Jamaica’s problems of organised crime and widespread corruption.
MOCA is focused on targeting major organised criminal networks, those who facilitate their illicit activities and those involved in public sector corruption. This is achieved through intelligence-led investigations, coordinated operations, robust case-building and effective prosecutions.
Given the inevitable transnational dimensions of major organised criminal enterprises, MOCA must, in the pursuance of its mandate, engage and work with international stakeholders. Some, like the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada, have been longstanding and important partners to local law enforcement. MOCA will continue to foster and develop these partnerships and pursue new ones, particularly with regional states.
MOCA also collaborates with other government agencies notably the Financial Investigations Division (FID), the Revenue Protection Division (RPD), the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ), Jamaica Customs Agency as well as the Registrar General’s Department (RGD). This operational paradigm of collaboration and partnership has enhanced MOCA’s capacity to effectively build cases and successfully prosecute these major offenders.
The Agency acts in accordance with applicable legislations, which include the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act – commonly referred to as the Anti-Lottery Scamming Law and the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act – also known as the Anti-Gang Law. In keeping with the Government’s commitment to address the threat of Major Organised Crime and the scourge of corruption, legislations will be enacted to make MOCA an entirely independent entity, fully empowered to carry out its mandated tasks.
I look to all stakeholders, particularly the citizens of Jamaica whom we serve, to actively support and assist MOCA in this critical undertaking. As a result of the merger, MOCA is a much stronger and more focused entity with competent and highly motivated staff ready to tackle the scourge of major organised crime and corruption. MOCA is committed to the fulfilment of its mandated tasks and will pursue them without fear or favour, remaining clearly focused on its mantra that “No one is above the law!�?
Colonel Desmond T. Edwards, JP, MSc., MA, nsp