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Jamaica cops charged with corruption

KINGSTON — The four police constables who were arrested in connection with the escape of a prisoner, who was subsequently recaptured in Montego Bay at the home of a policewoman, have been formally charged by personnel from the Anti-Corruption Branch.

The four police personnel, who were all based in Montego Bay at the time of their arrest, have been identified as Constables Kirton Green, Raymond Johnson, Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks and Faye Falconer.

“We are the persons who pursued and arrested these persons,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Devon Watkis, the commanding officer for the Area One police division. “I have indicated this to a number of my officers, and we have agreed that we are not policing in an environment that is predominant in corruption … it is because we have embraced the force’s policy against corruption that has resulted in acts like this (the arrest of the four).”

Greg Taylor, the man the four constables are accused of assisting to escape from the Freeport Police Station, in Montego Bay, on January 30, was initially arrested for serious crimes committed in the parishes of Hanover, St. James and Trelawny.

Top-level probe

In the aftermath of the escape, the ACB and the St. James police hierarchy opened a top-level probe into possible police involvement, based on the suspicious circumstances. It was as a result of those investigations that the four constables were initially taken into custody.

Expressing satisfaction at the pace of the police’s investigation in the escape and subsequent recapture of Taylor and the arrest and charge of the four constables, ACP Watkis said he stood ready to take swift and decisive action against any police personnel who break the law. (Gleaner)

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