“Taking the profit out of crime”
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency was formed in August 2014 and brought together the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA TF). It is now an elite Agency focussing on tackling corruption in the public sector and bringing high-value criminal targets to justice. This will continue to develop over time and is becoming increasingly independent. It is structured around a joint-staff concept working with International Partners and bringing to bear the country’s best intelligence assets, investigators, and prosecutors. The goal of the agency is to tackle serious organised crime and to stamp out corruption in Jamaica.
The ACB was established in September 2007 and assumed the task of combating corruption within the JCF and its auxiliaries; it replaced the Internal Affairs Division. One of the major challenges was the implementation of a proactive style of investigating police corruption with three key objectives:
- Fear of Detection and Prosecution
- Corruption Prevention Strategies
- Communication and Education
The MOCA Task Force was formed in June 2012 to establish an elite Task Force to focus on bringing high-value criminal targets to justice. It is structured around a joint-staff concept, with International Partners, in order to bring to bear the country’s best intelligence assets, investigators, and prosecutors. The goal of the task force is to improve governance and security in Jamaica through tackling serious transnational organised crime in all its forms and to provide deterrence.
The new Agency is visible, open and transparent in its work, and accountable through the Government of Jamaica to the public as well as to its operational partners. In order to operate effectively to protect the public, operational practitioners must work unselfishly in partnership with others to ensure that activity at the national, international, regional and local levels is harmonised and makes best use of the resources available.