The High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has made several immediate changes in the management and supervision of the St Elizabeth Division, following the escape of eight inmates from the Black River Lock-up on June 19, 2023.


Deputy Superintendent of Police, Coleridge Minto, will immediately assume duties as Commanding Officer for the Division, while Superintendent Kenneth Chin will take up duties at Area 5 Headquarters.


Changes have been made to the post of Administration Officer, the Operations Officer as well as to other supervisory posts at the station level. These changes will facilitate a thorough and unimpeded investigation into the circumstances leading to the escape of the inmates as the investigation progresses. Two JCF members have been interdicted pending further inquiries.


The Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB) is leading a comprehensive management review of the division. The relevant video footage has been secured and is being reviewed, while, our Scenes of Crime unit has visited the location and collected essential evidence. This will allow us to assess the underlying causes of the escape and evaluate the degree of adherence, over time, to JCF Policies and Guidelines.


The JCF remains fully committed to resolving this matter timely and efficiently, as we work towards maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and public safety at all times.