Police Service Commission

The Police Service Commission is one of four (4) Commissions that fall under the OSC which operates under the general direction of the Chief Personnel Officer.

By Section 129(1) of the Constitution of Jamaica, “there shall be a Police Service Commission for Jamaica, consisting of a Chairman and such number of members,” as the Governor General acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, may from time to time decide. Members are appointed for a period of up to five (5) years.

Functions of the Commission

The Police Service Commission is required to make recommendations to the Governor General in respect for:

  • Appointments and/or promotions of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force of and above the rank of Inspector;
  • Confirmation of appointments of and above the rank of Inspector;
  • Retirements – general, ill-health, age, pre-mature retirements, retirement in the public interest;
  • Disciplinary proceedings and punishment against members of and above the rank of Inspector;
  • Appeals of all ranks;
  • Selection of officers and members for training courses and study leave.

The Secretary to the Police Service Commission is a member of staff of the Office of the Services Commissions (OSC) and is appointed to perform the duties of the Commission in keeping with Regulation 4 of the Police Service Regulations, 1961.