The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Regulations is expected to be tabled in the House of Representatives soon.
National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, made the disclosure as he addressed the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists Region 7 Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 27.
The Regulations will give effect to the provisions of the MOCA Act, which provides for establishment of MOCA as a statutory law-enforcement agency with operational independence and authority.
“I expect that the regulations to make [MOCA] fully autonomous and operational as a statutory agency of Government will be done in a couple of weeks,” he said.
Dr. Chang said part of the policy of the Administration is to “invest adequately and strategically in the security architecture of the country, which will result in improvements in capability and capacity to effectively tackle the security threats that confront the society”.
MOCA will be dedicated to combating serious crimes, in collaboration with other local and foreign law-enforcement agencies and strategic partners.
The agency will have a dedicated and specialised team that will investigate and prosecute the complex cases that are characteristic of organised criminal networks.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chang said the conference seeks to enhance the professional development of the members of the security forces, share best practices and expand and strengthen networks across the region.
The five-day conference is focused on advanced training and re-sensitisation of the local and regional polygraph examiners from countries in Region 7, namely: Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Jamaica law-enforcement polygraph programme was established in 2007 as a joint project between the former Jamaica Constabulary Force Anti-Corruption Branch, now subsumed under the MOCA, and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).