Cops get criminal investigation training

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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THE investigative capacity of more than 200 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been boosted following four intensive training courses in improving criminal investigation, as part of efforts to increase Jamaica's conviction rate.

The three-day training seminars, which are being facilitated by the National Integrity Action (NIA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Justice Training Institute (JTI) of the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the JCF, are expected to benefit 300 investigators islandwide.

The training series, which commenced on July 13, will cover six cohorts and run through to September.

Last weekend, 53 detectives from across the island, who are assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), were exposed to various aspects of forensic evidence and sensitised about new and updated legislation such as the DNA Act of 2016, among others.

Superintendent Charmine Shand, head of CISOCA, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the training series.

“This course will improve investigative skills and will assist police officers to prepare stronger cases to be placed before the court for a greater outcome in prosecutorial matters. We will be better prepared to serve, protect and reassure our fellow citizens,” she said.

Marlon Moore, monitoring and evaluation coordinator at NIA, said the organisation is committed to providing ongoing support to JCF in the area of training.

“It is in keeping with NIA's mandate to combat the perception and real incidence of corruption in Jamaica by strengthening the various institutions that comprise the criminal justice system, by providing these sensitisation and training opportunities, we aim to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the overall system, as well as the responsiveness to the public,” he said.

Director principal of the JTI, Karen Campbell-Bascoe, shared a similar sentiment.

“The JTI would like to improve the constabulary's conduct in handling investigations and this will help to reduce and prevent further backlog in the justice system,” she said.

— Tanesha Mundle

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