Should police who violate prison regulations be imprisoned?

January 19th, 2012

Do you know that many police officers continue to violate prison regulations for personal gain? The Vybz Kartel saga has brought this issue into clear focus, as nine police personnel are now reportedly facing disciplinary actions, as a result of taking money and other gifts to give special privileges to the popular dancehall entertainer.

According to an article in The Gleaner, the Head of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Assistant Commissioner of Police Justin Felice says all evidence has been sent to Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington and plans are being put in place to start the disciplinary process.

Personally, I believe these individuals should be imprisoned because I really think their actions are absolutely criminal. However, when asked why criminal charges were not filed against these officers, the ACB head says the legislation governing police lock-ups are “very complex”.

“Because it’s a police lock-up and not a correctional facility, the offences are not quite the same, so it’s a complex legal issue,” Felix told The Gleaner.

What do you think of this issue? Do you believe police who violate prison regulations, whether in a police lock-up or correctional facility should be imprisoned? Have you say…


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9 Responses to “Should police who violate prison regulations be imprisoned?”

  1. Maude says:

    Why not? Are they above the law? Send them a prison to.

  2. Rose Wright says:

    I didn’t know being a “policeman/woman” gives one immunity to crime convictions. If a member of the force (commissioner to the last level of the hierarchy) commits a crime then the full extent of the law must be administered. Only in Jamaica this alleged type of “corruption” takes place.Weed out the criminals out the force. So far the Commissioner has been doing a great job. Hope this government who allegedly ignore and tolerate corruption will keep him for many years. Blessings to you Mr. commissioner

  3. Bob says:

    yep. if the prison is good for them to throw some one in there , then it should be good for them to been thrown in there too if they commit an offense that required prison terms!.

  4. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    YES !!

  5. Bornyardie says:

    If the police’s act was criminal,even while on duty, then the punishment should fit the crime as it normally would for any other citizen.

  6. Bornyardie says:

    Additionally, we must continue to show that we are a country that respect the laws our land and international laws where applicable. Our police force as well as our military forces by nature are the front lines that enforce these laws and should remain at all times exemplary ambassadors of the laws.

  7. RENZO says:

    YEA YEA ,DEM FI GET LICKLE MORE TIME THAN CIIVILIANS CAH DEM KNO SOME LAWS & TEK OATH FI UPHOLD IT, JUST LIKE MAN WEH KILL POLICE PON THE JOB FI MORE TIME

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