Monday, January 29, 2018 12 Comments
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has supported the call by Professor Anthony Harriott, Head of the Police Civilian Oversight Committee (POCA), for the separation of the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption agency (MOCA) from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Harriott stated that it is critical that MOCA be removed from the JCF, which he described as “toxic”, and transformed into an entity similar to the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation as it will lose credibility if it remains tied to the JCF.
According to the PSOJ, Harriott’s argument is based on the correct observation as there is too much structurally wrong with the JCF and a lack of accountability and effective management within the JCF.
“While we are in full support of this observation, we at the PSOJ would have hoped that more of these calls would have been made years ago; when it was obvious that we were heading to the level of lawlessness that permeates our society,” said the PSOJ.
The group also encouraged more calls of that nature to be made, not only by POCA, but all other “well-thinking” stakeholders in the society.
“All those who are in the position of authority and responsibility, which should contribute to the safety and order of the society, must also speak out about these issues. As a country, we cannot afford to have the responsible authorities remain silent on these issues they have responsibility for,” PSOJ added.