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JCF creating vetting unit

STICKING to a promise to clean up its image, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is in the process of establishing a central vetting unit that will screen members who are up for promotion or appointment to sensitive posts.

The unit will fall under the management of the JCF’s Anti-Corruption Branch.

“This is aimed at ensuring that persons entering the organisation and persons working in critical formations have the requisite confidence and attributes that are aligned to the JCF values and standards to deliver service to the public,” Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington explained in his weekly Force Orders released yesterday.

Ellington said the unit will also provide the JCF with the required security vetting capacity and capability, help to build a corruption-resistant culture among its members and safeguard its criminal intelligence and other organisational information and assets.

He indicated that the JCF was seeking to have the unit staffed with “suitably qualified individuals” headed by a chief vetting officer and a deputy.

SOURCE: The Gleaner (Saturday April 28, 2012)