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Cablegate: (C) in Its First Three Months the New

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S E C R E T KINGSTON 000351

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STATE FOR INL/LP BOZZOLO, BROWN
STATE FOR WHA/CAR TILGHMAN
WHA/PPC JBISCHOFF

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/24/2018
TAGS: SNAR PREL JM
SUBJECT: (C) IN ITS FIRST THREE MONTHS THE NEW
ANTI-CORRUPTION BRANCH OF THE JAMAICA CONSTABULARY FORCE
ARRESTS 27 OFFICERS AND TWO CIVILIANS.

Classified By: CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE JAMES T. HEG FOR REASON 1.4(B&D)

1. (SBU) Summary: In its first three months, the new
Anti-Corruption Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has
arrested 27 officers and two civilians for corruption, a 100%
increase over last year,s moribund performance by the
Branch,s predecessor organization. The new Branch Chief,
Justin Felice, admits that these arrests were &low hanging
fruit8 however, he is pleased nonetheless. One of the
Branch,s best weapons is the fear of detection, and these
arrests have sent ripples through the Force. The Branch
needs additional human resources and funding for equipment
and operational expenses. NAS Kingston requests $900,000 in
additional INL funding to support the Branch,s operations.
Through participation in this project alongside the UK and
Canada, U.S. law enforcement would be able to use the
information gleaned to launch and advance cases with a U.S.
nexus, such as money laundering, drug trafficking, and human
and weapons smuggling. End Summary.

Operation Arena
============

2. (S) The Branch will soon launch Operation Arena, which is
a joint initiative of the Governments of Jamaica, Canada the
UK and the U.S. The UK has already committed U.S. 1.0
million to the project to finance the start-up expenses for
the Branch,s Undercover Unit. The Branch has already
identified and will soon hire an effective Jamaican, Maj.
Dave Anderson, the former Special Advisor to Minister of
National Security Peter Phillips, to act as the Unit,s Chief
Executive Officer, allowing the Branch Chief to concentrate
on planning operations. The Branch has also identified an
MI5 officer, and received a provisional commitment from MI5
to release him for duty in Jamaica to participate in Arena.
Three additional British officers are slated to join the Unit
later this year, funding permitting. The Unit needs four
additional officers and the Chief has requested that the USG
provide one analyst and one investigator to the Operation.

Branch arrests 29 in first three months
============================

3. (C) In the interim, until the Undercover Unit is
operational and able to conduct secret investigations against
the most senior officers within the Force, the Branch Chief,
Justin Felice, has strategically gone after as many easy
cases as he can to show that the Branch is active. On his
own, Felice has nearly completed investigations into two
senior level officers (a Superintendent and Senior
Superintendent) for criminal misconduct, obstruction of
justice, and bribery. One of the Branch,s primary goals is
to create a real fear of detection within the JCF and among
those who seek to corrupt the police. Low level corruption
will continue to be targeted by the overt unit of the
Anti-Corruption Branch. However until Senior Officers are
brought to justice by the Undercover Unit, public confidence
will not improve.

Justification for additional INCLE funding
==============================

4. (SBU) Because of budget cuts suffered over the last two
fiscal years, NAS Kingston,s budget is now at an all time
low and pipeline funds are nearly exhausted. FY07 funding
for all our Interdiction and Law Enforcement programs was a
mere U.S. $ 500,000, which is less than half of the program
funding we received in FY04 and 05. There is no pipeline for
law enforcement available in NAS-Kingston,s FY07 program
funds, and only small amounts remain for Interdiction. The
picture for FY08 is similarly bleak and current demands
already exceed anticipated funds. Although FY09 looks more
promising, the recent pass back from OMB cut $600,000 from
the Secretary,s submission for Jamaica, shows that funding
in the latter years of this program will be additionally
difficult to come by. Unless NAS Kingston reprograms all
available FY08 and most of FY09 funding for this one project,
U.S. participation in this Unit will not occur.

5). (SBU) Kingston therefore requests an increase in funding
in the following amounts:

FY08: 400,000
FY09: 300,000 *
FY10: 200,000 *


* note the reduction in funds needed in the out years is
based on the assumption that planned increases requested by
INL result in higher overall program funds for NAS-Kingston

Justification for Program
==================

6. (C) Corruption within the Jamaica Constabulary Force is
endemic. The Anti Corruption Branch was reconstituted in
September 2007 through the recruitment and hiring of an
experienced anti-corruption crime fighter from the Northern
Ireland Ombudsman,s Office, Justin Felice. The Government
of Jamaica and the newly appointed Commissioner of Police
recognize that the Branch will not make headway against
senior officers who are involved in corrupt and criminal
activities, unless its investigative and analytical talents
are augmented by external officers. It is the hope of the
new Jamaican leadership that through Operation Arena a
thorough housecleaning at the top will occur and the JCF will
be a more professional, more accountable force that will
better serve both Jamaican and USG interest in stemming crime
and corruption. (Reftel) In addition, given the undeniable
linkages between crime and politics in Jamaica, it is
anticipated that the investigations against high-ranking
police officers could provide evidence that could be used for
broader prosecutions of public officials for corruption.

7. (C) The Government of Jamaica and the Jamaican Private
Sector, which bear 2/3 of the cost of the salary and benefits
for Felice, do not have the funding capacity to recruit the
additional eight international investigators/analysts needed
for this program. Without them, the single British officer
who heads the Branch, Felice, will not succeed. The
Government of Jamaica has therefore turned to its
international partners, the U.S., UK, and Canada for
assistance to fund this endeavor. The UK has already
committed U.S. 1.0 million to the project for start-up
expenses, and both the UK and Canada have committed to
providing officers to the Unit. These governments are
currently seeking funding from to go forward with this
project.

Description of Unit
==============

8. (S) Through NAS Kingston sponsorship, in the 4Q of 2007,
the new Branch Chief worked with a subject matter expert from
the London Metropolitan Police, to develop a three-year
strategy document, that includes a work plan for the Branch,
an organizational chart that defines tasking and governance
authority and creates an adequate fire wall between the
Branch,s overt and undercover assets, that will protect the
undercover assets from discovery during any administrative or
criminal proceedings that are launched in the future.
(Reftel) The international investigators will work in secret
and the only link between them and the broader JCF
Anti-Corruption Branch will be through sanitized reports and
investigative tasking orders passed through Felice. The Unit
will have tasking and priority setting authority over both
undercover and overt assets of the Jamaican Security
Establishment to advance its investigation. These assets
are: the Financial Investigative Branch, the Jamaica Defence
Force Military Intelligence Unit, the Jamaica Constabulary
Force Narcotics Police, the Jamaican Custom Service,s
Contraband Enforcement Team, the Jamaican Immigration
Service, etc. Through these assets, the Unit will have
access to bank records, company records, wire tap
information, surveillance photos/reports, etc. The U.S.
members of the Unit will be able to use the information
gleaned to launch and advance cases with a U.S. nexus, such
as money laundering, drug trafficking, and human and weapons
smuggling. Information obtained regarding corruption outside
the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be acted upon by the
Office of the Special Prosecutor for Anti-Corruption, which
slated for approval by Parliament in the 2Q of 2008.

Program Goal
==========

9. (C) To strengthen the investigative and analytical
capacity of the Jamaica Constabulary Force,s Anti-Corruption
Branch,s Undercover Unit. Provide U.S. law enforcement
access to sensitive intelligence gleaned by the Unit, which


will advance U.S. investigations of money laundering, human
trafficking, drug trafficking, and weapons smuggling that
occurs with the complicity of Jamaica Constabulary Force
officers.

Program Objective
==============

10. (C) Augment the Branch,s current investigative capacity
to ensure the dismissal and/or prosecution of corrupt
Jamaican police officers, through the recruitment and hiring
of two U.S. law enforcement advisors (one investigator, one
analyst) who will be assigned to the Jamaica Constabulary
Force Anti-Corruption Branch,s Undercover Unit and who will
work as part of an international team of investigators and
analysts (four British, two Canadian).

Timeframe for Launch of Unit
======================

11. (C) The JCF Anti-Corruption Branch plans to launch the
Undercover Unit,s activities in June or July of 2008.

12. (U) F-OBJ: Governing Justly and Democratically ) To
support policies and programs that accelerate and strengthen
public institutions and the creation of a more vibrant local
government.

(U) Program Area: (2) Good Governance
(U) Program Element: (2.4) Anti-Corruption Reforms
(U) Program Sub-Element: (2.4.4) Anti-Corruption Enforcement

13. (U) Available Post Resources:

FY08 INCLE/Law Enforcement: 200,000
FY09 INCLE/Law Enforcement: 300,000

14. (U) MSP Goal: Democratic Systems and Practices

Performance Goal
==============

15. (U) The Jamaica Constabulary Force Becomes more
accountable, with internal disciplinary structures that are
ration, fair and transparent, which actually support the
investigation, dismissal, and prosecution of corrupt police
officers of all ranks. The USG is able to use its
participation in the Anti-Corruption Branch to leverage
sensitive investigative information and augment and advance
corruption cases with a nexus to the U.S, e.g. money
laundering, drug seizures, weapons smuggling.

16. (U) MSP Target: FY08/09 Target: Assist the GOJ to
implement anti-corruption measures that actually result in
the dismissal and/or prosecution of corrupt police officers
regardless of rank.


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