The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) was established in September 2007 and assumed the task of combating corruption within the JCF and its auxiliaries, it replaced the Internal Affairs Division.
Since 2007, the ACB has being led by Mr. Justin Felice, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement and is a key change agent in police reform.
One of the major challenges was the implementation of a proactive opposed to a reactive style of investigating police corruption.
An intelligence led proactive approach towards investigation has led to the arrest and charge of numerous police staff and other public personnel since 2007. (View Annual Monthly Reports Here)
Currently the ACB has a staff sixty six (66) members which is managed by an acting Senior Superintendent of Police who is assisted by an acting Superintendent of Police and two (2) acting Deputy Superintendent of Police responsible for Operations and Administrations.
Since September 2007, the ACB has produced three (3) Anti-Corruption Strategies, with three key objectives namely:
- Fear of Detection and Prosecution,
- Corruption Prevention Strategies,
- Communication and Education.
The new strategic direction of the ACB has proven to be extremely effective and has vastly assisted the JCF in fulfilling its mandate which is to rid the JCF and its auxiliaries of corruption.
The current JCF Anti Corruption Strategy 2010 to 2012, promotes the phrase WORKING TOGETHER FOR A VALUED AND TRUSTED JCF. One of the new and dynamic work elements 2010 was the launch of the JCF Cleansing Programme. This is a priority initiative that entails the use of all available internal and external procedures in the process of removing corrupt and unethical members from the JCF.
One of the main tools being employed in the execution of the “Cleansing Programme” is the increased use of polygraph examinations to assess the ethical standards of JCF members. Polygraphing has been developed and extended as a matter of urgency, further developments in 2011 will be the opening of a new polygraph office at the Jamaica Police Academy in Spanish Town, the random polygraph initiative will be also be expanded in 2011/2012 with the addition of a mobile polygraph capability ensuring a greater number of test can be conducted without staff having to travel to a Kingston based unit.
The plan is to extend the number of JCF internationally accredited polygraph examiners from two to nine in total, this is a challenging initiative over the next two years.
It should be highlighted that polygraph examinations are voluntary and should not be viewed as an imposition on JCF staff, however they are part of a critical process in the selection of staff for key posts within the organization, they are also mandatory in senior officer promotion procedures, also were junior officers seeking promotion but have ethical issues that need examining.
In August 2010, the JCF established an ethics committee, chaired by the Inspector General. This new committee has been established to ensure that we as the JCF maintain the ethical standards demanded by our community in Jamaica.
The “Cleansing Programme”, is proving a useful initiative in challenging JCF staff who engage in corruption, unlawful and unethical activities or poor performance, with many officers being retired in the publics’ interest or prohibited from re-enlisting at the end of their five (5) year contract.