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Man arrested for bribing cop

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 8:23 AM    

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MEMBERS of the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) have arrested another civilian for bribery.

A 24-year-old man of a downtown Kingston address was apprehended on Friday in a sting operation carried out after he offered and gave a police corporal a sum of money to release a motorcycle, which police seized some time in February.

Reports are that the policeman, who is assigned to the Organised Crime Investigation Division, seized the motorcycle for breaches of the Road Traffic Act. In a bid to have his motorcycle returned, the cyclist offered him a sum of money.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the ACB, Justin Felice, said the report was made to the ACB and an undercover operation set up. This, he says, is a step in the right direction as the transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force takes place.

Felice said over the past few months there have been numerous reports received from police personnel, resulting in several arrests for bribery. He added that if members of the public continue to offer bribes to police officers, they will be prosecuted.

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