POLICE (CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT) AUTHORITY ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment and constitution of Authority

   4   Functions of Authority

   5   Duty of member of Force or Auxiliaries to furnish information, etc

   6   Reference of matters by Authority

   7   Annual Report

   8   Report to Minister

   9   Restriction of disclosure and publication of information

   10   Regulations

   11   Repeal of Part VI of Constabulary Force Act

      SCHEDULE

 

THE POLICE (CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT) AUTHORITY ACT

[Date of Commencement: 15th March, 2006]

Act 33 of 2005.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "Authority" means the Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority established under section 3;

   "Auxiliaries" means-

   (a)   the Island Special Constabulary Force constituted by the Constables (Special) Act; and

   (b)   the Rural Police constituted by the Constables (District) Act;

   "Force" means the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

3   Establishment and constitution of Authority

   (1) There is hereby established a body to be known as the Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority.

   (2) The provision of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Authority and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of Authority

   (1) The functions of the Authority are to-

   (a)   monitor the implementation of policy relating to the Force and the Auxiliaries;

   (b)   monitor the standard of performance of the Force and the Auxiliaries so as to ensure that internationally accepted standards of policing are maintained, and to report thereon;

   (c)   conduct inspections of the Force and the Auxiliaries;

   (d)   monitor the management and use of the financial and other resources of the Force and the Auxiliaries;

   (e)   perform such other functions as may be necessary for promoting the efficiency of the Force and the Auxiliaries.

   (2) The Authority shall, in the exercise of its functions under this Act, have the power to-

   (a)   require the attendance of the Commissioner of Police or any other officer of the Force or the Auxiliaries;

   (b)   call for and examine documents and records;

   (c)   receive representations from members of the public in relation to the operation of the force and the Auxiliaries;

   (d)   do all such other things as it considers necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions under this Act.

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