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   Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 2008, Kingston, Kingston                                Life of Jamaica is NOW.,. Sagicor Wise Financial Thinking for Life Which party is ahead? Pollster Bill Johnson is back from the field. Read his findings on dual citizenship, food and petrol prices, and much more. Find out the party standings in The Gleaner on Wednesday. V1 69 NO. 23 T. 8, 2008 KINGSTON, JAMAICA  144 PAGES   including act $100 -       1 L i f \ �4 Survey finds support for snap polls Dual citizenship Do you-think the prime minister should call a general election or by-elections to fill the seats occupied by members of Parliament who have dual citizenship? Daraine Luton Sunday Gleaner Reporter HE MAJORITY of Jamaicans are not in favour of the holding of a general election at this time, according to the latest Gleaner-commissioned    Bill Johnson poll. Parliament is now precariously poised. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) holds a razor-thin majority of four seats in the 6()-seat House of Representatives following its victory in the general election held in September last year. At least five members of Parliament - four on the Government side - are said to be in breach of the Constitution, and are not qualified to sit in the legislature because they hold citizenship in another country as well as Jamaica. This may force Prime Minister Bruce Golding to call by-elections in the seats affected, or a snap genera] election. BY-ELECTIONS PREFERRED However, Johnson and his team found that 54 per cent of Jamaicans preferred the holding of by-elec- Consider early retirement for underperforming c ps JCF groups Gareth Manning and Mark Becktord Sunday Gleaner Reporters SOME GROUPS within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) say they would support recommendations to have cops with a history of indiscipline or poor performance retired early. . While this is not a recommendation in the recently unveiled JCF Strategic Review led by president of Northern Caribbean University, Dr Herbert Thompson, the police say there, is room for this measure to be implemented. , The early retirement of underperforming officers Avas previously recommended in the 2002 report of the National Committee on Crime and Violence, i _ [chaired by then Minister of National Security K.D. ;Knight. The proposal was aimed at promoting confidence in the leadership of the JCF and to allow room for the advancement of younger cops. SUGGESTS CHANGE IN CULTURE While not recommending the early retirement t>f police officers, the recent JCF Strategic Review suggests a change in culture at the top level of the force to reflect intolerance to corruption. The review team anticipates this attitude would filter down to the lower ranks, forcing them to modify their behaviour or 'self-jselect' themselves out of the JCF. ' Assistant Commissioner of Police Justin Felice, who is in charge of the anti-corruption unit, welcomes a policy of retiring police officers in the interest of the force. He has further called on the KEY RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE STRATEGIC REVIEW OF THE JCF Initiate a comprehensive review of the JCF disci-pline system to bring it in line with modern practices, combined with immediate'effort to eliminate the backlog of discipline cases, ~~ Establish a njore robust senior decision-making toewofk and structure, with current arrangements reorganised intd a senior executive committee (comprising the commissioner and deputy commissioners). Establish a performance contract between the PSC and the commissioner of police, setting put objectives and targets against which the commissioner's performance will be evaluated. Government tp pass legislation which would allow the commissioner of police to dismiss members of the force in whom he has lost confidence. "If there is information about the integrity of officers, and officers who are not performing at the required level, if these persons don't have the commissioner's confidence, then there r should be a method where the commissioner m 1 can dismiss or remove them from the work-force," Felice tells The Sunday Gleaner. Superintendent Michael James, chairman of the Police Officers Association, was also in � w favour of early retirement. He, however, believes the process should be such that both parties are treated fairly. "We believe in due process; when this is in place we know that there will be the time to sever connections with some officers, as long as there is the assurance of fair play and equity " he says. ^ "I understand that when there is transformation, you will have to ask persons who are not in line or in sync with the organisation's mandate and view to leave," James adds. � FOCUS ON POLICING THEMSEIVES Corporal Hartley Stewart, general secretary of the Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file members of the JCF, says the JCF 'should focus on what we are already doing, which has been highlighted by this commissioner and the previous one - police ourselves in a more robust way, where the atmosphere is uncomfortable for officers for whom corruption is an aim or manner of operation". Referring to the Police Service Regulation of 1961, Stewart argues that the Police Service Commission (PSC) already has powers to ask police officers to retire in the public's interest. Stewart says if a matter cannot be dealt with properly by the JCF's internal Court of Enquiry, the PSC can follow a certain procedure and ask the individual to retire. Minister of National Security, Trevor MacMillan, says, while there is room for poor performers and undisciplined cops to be retired early, he "can't say that it is being considered at this point in time. Not from an official perspective." Police reform critical: A3 X The hmiiil you knnu tions over a general election; 25 per cent favoured a general election, while 21 per cent were uncertain in their response. The survey was conducted on May 31 and June 1 among 1,008 persons in 84 communities across the island, and has a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent. In commenting on his findings, Johnson says although only a quarter of the population wants an election, the views are tempered by who party supporters think can win. 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