Entornointeligente.com / Jamaica Observer / SECURITY Minister Robert Montague says he has made a submission to Cabinet to increase the sum available in the Legal Defence Fund for police officers. The facility was established to assist the police with covering legal expenses.
Montague emphasised the need to boost the facility, noting that while the fund has $20 million, “the first bill (that) I got was for $107 million”.
He said he is optimistic that Cabinet will give favourable consideration to the submission in order to pay the legal bills of police officers who are deemed to have committed infractions while on duty.
The minister was speaking yesterday at a ceremony for the presentation of six motor vehicles to the St Thomas Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the Morant Bay Police Station.
At the same time, the minister said within the next six months he intends to present a Bill for the merger of the Police Services Commission and Police Civilian Oversight Authority; table the new Jamaica Constabulary Service Act; and will be pursuing amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act, which will require individuals to explain sudden wealth.
“We also will be looking at the anti-gang legislation, where we will be able to designate control persons to put [individuals] on watch lists…[so] we can, among other things, begin to target the dons,” he said further.
In addition, he said the legislative reforms proposed in the Jamaica Constabulary Force Strategic Review will be brought to Parliament, and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency Act and new Road Traffic Act are scheduled to be debated in the House of Representatives.
JAMAICA: Montague asks Cabinet to increase Legal Defence Fund for police
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