Jamaica Crime News, St James: Two police officers attached to the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James, were taken into custody by detectives attached to the Major Organized Crime Unit on Thursday, June 14, on charges of Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.
Another officer who is said to have fled the scene during the Sting Operation is presently still on the run and is being sought by his colleagues.
The identities of the accused cops are being withheld pending further investigations.
Reports are that sometime during the course of the week, the three officers in question went to a Chinese operated store along the intersection of Corinaldi Avenue and Hart Street, where they allegedly informed the operator that they discovered irregularities and allegedly demanded money in order not to prosecute him.
It is also alleged that a sum of the money was paid over to the three police officers and arrangements made to pay the remainder at a later date. The operator then made enquires to determine if the officers were acting within the law.
It is further reported that a report was made to the police by the store operator and a sting operation set up to nab the alleged corrupt cops.
On Thursday, the police officers were informed that they should come to the establishment for the remainder of money. Upon reaching the location, they were accosted by plainclothes officers attached to MOCA .
Two of the officers were taken into custody while the other reportedly fled the scene on foot and is now being sought.
Upon visiting the scene several women who stated that they were eyewitnesses to the incident related that it came as shock to see a police officer fleeing a scene in such a manner.
By Henry Bucknor