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'I am not surprised' — JFJ’s Goffe backs Les Green

Tuesday, February 05, 2013    

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CHAIRPERSON of human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) Susan Goffe has come out in support of controversial statements attributed to former Assistant Commissioner of Police Leslie Green in the British press.

In a story carried in Sunday's edition of the Mirror, Green blasted the island's archaic crime-fighting capabilities.

Over his eight-year stint on secondment to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Green constantly called on legislators to bring DNA legislation into being. However, that law is still to be passed almost a year since the Scottish-born Green packed his bags and left the country.

Last month, National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced that the law would come into effect by the end of March.

"There it still takes up to two years to get DNA results, unlike in the UK where you can get them in two days," Green said.

Goffe was in total agreement with that statement.

"I am not surprised. We have known for years that the forensic capabilities of the island have not been as good as it should be and has caused inordinate delays," Goffe said.

Green was also critical of his former colleagues and hit out at what he described as their lack of urgency in acquiring statements and general laid-back approach to the job.

Goffe agreed with that assessment as well.

"With regards to lack of urgency, we have known that too. The length of time it takes to get ballistic reports has been recently mentioned by the head of INDECOM (Terrence Williams). It is something that we have known for a long time. He has not said anything that has not been said by us in Jamaica," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Yesterday, the Police High Command said they were not yet prepared to comment on Green's statements.

"We are not prepared to comment at this time," Karl Angell, the constabulary's director of communications, said.

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