With recent assertions of misuse of service vehicles by some members of the police force, along with overly close association with criminal elements by some law enforcers, information is surfacing of the case of a policewoman who was reportedly caught in the extremes of both indiscretions.
The woman cop who was based in Manchester, was dismissed after an internal Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) investigation into an incident that allegedly involved gross misconduct on her part.
Information gathered indicates that the corporal was internally charged with having allowed a criminal suspect to actually drive a marked police service vehicle on an evening out between the two in the neighbouring parish of Trelawny.
The alleged breaches by the female cop reportedly extended to her having engaged in a rendezvous with the criminal suspect with the use of the police service vehicle at more than one location in Trelawny, including at a police station in the parish.
Reports were that the officer allegedly made a false declaration to a junior officer and got herself dispatched on an ‘urgent’ but bogus assignment to a particular location in Trelawny. Instead, she reportedly went to other locations in the parish, where she allegedly engaged in the extended romantic tryst with the criminal suspect.
The unauthorised journey and unacceptable activities, particularly the alleged misused of the police service vehicle and the direct and very personal association with the criminal suspect, later came to the attention of the constabulary, which took disciplinary action in relation to the matter.
Five charges were laid against the woman cop:
- the misuse of the service vehicle
- the alleged extreme association with the criminal suspect
- the improper association with the suspect at the police station
- the false statement to trigger the bogus assignment
- the unauthorised journey in the service vehicle to a number of locations in Trelawny, including the police station.
The woman corporal has been dismissed from the JCF.
It is not the first reported case of an alleged extreme relationship between a female police officer and a criminal suspect in Jamaica, as earlier this year, a female cop was sentenced for having a wanted man living at her home.
In March of this year, Woman Constable Kaye Falconer was found guilty of harbouring a fugitive at her home in Glendevon, St James, and handed a 30-month prison sentence in the St James Parish Court.
In handing down the sentence, Parish Judge Natalie Hart-Hines told Falconer that she had betrayed the public’s trust.
In that reports, on January 30, 2013, several dangerous prisoners escaped from the Freeport Police Station lock up in Montego Bay, where they were being held.
The following month, one of the fugitives was found in hiding at the woman constable's home.