Wilkins is one of just over 60 cops currently on suspension or interdiction for periods ranging from two to 10 years, according to statistics compiled by the Jamaica Police Federation.
Sergeant Patrae Rowe, chairman of the federation which represents cops up to the rank of inspector, believes Wilkins’ case is a clear indication that the system established within the JCF to handle the reinstatement of members is broken, “inhumane” and needs to be overhauled.
Jonathan Wilson*, a constable who spent six years on suspension without pay while he had two murder charges hanging over his head, blasted the JCF’s reinstatement system as haphazard.
Rowe explained that under the JCF’s reinstatement system, a police inspector is required to attend the court hearing of a cop facing charges “to report on the proceedings as well as report on the conclusion”.
The Police Federation chairman believes the breakdown in the system occurs where cops are exonerated by the court, but must face an internal disciplinary process.