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Deputy Commissioner Selvin Hay is new JCF inspector general

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay is the new inspector general of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

According to the constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), Hay’s appointment, which took effect on Monday, forms part of the JCF’s strategic transformation, which will see the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) restructured to robustly address matters dealing with professional standards and breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

“The primary functions of (IOC) are to conduct audits and inspections at all police formations and to ensure strict adherence to the standards and procedures of the organisation. The aim of the unit is to evaluate matters that affect the delivery of efficient and professional services,” said a CCU release.

“The structure of IOC will include units, which will pursue the anti-corruption efforts as well as advancing the drive towards institutionalising professional standards within the JCF. The restructured IOC will also be responsible for the force’s strict compliance to rule of law, force policies, regulations and operational standards, as well as the implementation of plans through a robust monitoring and evaluation framework,” said the release.

Prior to his new assignment, DCP Hay was responsible for the crime and security portfolio in the JCF, having overall responsibility for criminal investigation, intelligence, personal security of heads of governments, the diplomatic corp, other VIPs and critical infrastructures.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey is expected to take over the crime and security portfolio with the promotion of Hay.

During his career, DCP Hay did general policing, criminal investigation, intelligence, delivering investigative and counter corruption training. He also commanded the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from 2012 to 2014 and had strategic responsibility for the operations of the branch that conducted investigation into corruption matters involving members of the JCF, as well as those who seek to corrupt members of the force. He has more than 31 years policing experience.

Hay was trained and appointed a governmental expert in anti-corruption by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. He is part of a team of experts, which conducted a country review of Hungary’s anti-corruption mechanism in Budapest in 2013. Hay is a member of the International Congress of Police Transparency.

He is now responsible for overseeing the restructuring and reorganising of the IOC to become a central point of contact for matters relating to police corruption and complaints. A system is also being developed to facilitate feedback, to include commendations.

Said the CCU release: “The Jamaica Constabulary Force supports DCP Hay in his new role as inspector general and will continue to support him as he contributes to the JCF being ‘A Force for Good’.”

 

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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Allan Lewis (third right), managing director, JN Fund Managers, gets support from Stacey-Ann Mighty Whyte (left), Patrick Whyte, and Javine Heath from Allman Town Primary School in collecting recyclable plastics along the Palisados strip in Kingston on International Coastal Clean-up Day last Saturday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)


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Crown, prosecution again haggle over document disclosure

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BY JONATHAN MORRISON
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Monday, September 23, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Despite consensus at last Thursday’s hearing in Porus on the management of the large volume of documents related to the Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud trial, Friday’s sitting of the parish court in Mandeville was again marked by lengthy wrangling over document disclosure.

There was much back and forth between the team of attorneys, representing the eight defendants, and the two Crown counsel marshalling the evidence on behalf of the prosecution.

Parish Court Judge Ann Marie Grainger, in seeking to resolve the issue, referred to a ruling she made at a previous sitting that at no time should the prosecution bring into evidence any document or other exhibit that had not been shared beforehand with the defence.

At the Porus courthouse last Thursday, defence attorney Danielle Archer had suggested that in the interest of time and efficiency documents of like nature could be bundled and presented at once for identification and verification by witnesses, as opposed to handing each, one at a time, to the witness.

At the time Judge Grainger had thanked the defence for their co-operation in offering a suggestion that would speed up the prosecution’s examination of witnesses.

However, in Mandeville on Friday the Crown’s examination of two prosecution witnesses was repeatedly halted by objections from the defence. The objections were based on the issue of documents and, in one instance, a compact disc that the defence team either had not received or felt had not come to hand in a timely manner, but which the Crown was relying on as evidence.

In the end it was not clear whether the prosecution’s examination of the witnesses had been discontinued on account of the objections or if the Crown counsel had completed their examination.

The eight accused individuals are on trial for the alleged misappropriation of more than $400 million of public funds from the corporation. They are all facing charges including forgery, conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

The trial resumes today at the Mandeville courthouse.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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The Government Electrical Regulator (GER) is to be operationalised soon to speed up the process for the delivery of electricity, according to Science, Energy and Technology Minister Fayval Williams.

“We are changing the structure of how consumers access the inspectors to inspect their buildings and connect to Jamaica Public Service [JPS],” she said. “It is an effort that will be privatised so that we will have many more inspectors to meet the demand in the sector.”

Williams was addressing the Engineers’ Week conference at Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston last Tuesday.

GER, which is expected to transform the Government Electrical Inspectorate will be responsible for the regulation of the electrical inspection process; the licensing of electricians and electrical inspectors, who make recommendations for renewal and revocation; and monitoring of work done by the inspectors.

Williams also said that “considerable work” is being done by the Government to incorporate more renewables, in order to strengthen the country’s energy security.

Additionally, Williams said that the ministry is redoubling its efforts to ensure that legislation pertaining to net billing, auxiliary connections, and power wheeling are tabled in Parliament.

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