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INFORMATION ACT 1999 (FOIA)
• In accordance with sections 7, 8, 9 of the Freedom of Information Act 1999
(FOIA) the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is required by law to publish this
statement, which lists the documents and information generally available to the
public from the PCA.
The FOIA gives members of the public:
• A legal right for each person to access information held by the PCA.
him/herself amended where it is held by the PCA and such information is
incomplete, incorrect or misleading.
• A legal right to obtain reasons for adverse decisions made regarding an
applicant's request for information under the FOIA.
• A legal right to complain to the Ombudsman and to apply to the High Court
for judicial review to challenge adverse decisions made under the FOIA
SECTION 7 STATEMENTS
SECTION 7 (1) (a) (i)
Structure and Function of the Police Complaints Authority
Establishment of the Police Complaints Authority
The Police Complaints Authority was established by virtue of Section 5 of the Police
Complaints Authority Act, Chapter 15:05 (hereinafter referred to as "the PCA Act")
The Reliable Authority leading the way to Justice
To pursue justice through independent civilian oversight of serious police misconduct
Structure of the PCA
By virtue of Section 6 (1) of the PCA Act the Authority comprises a Director and Deputy
Director who are appointed by the President on the joint advice of the Prime Minister
and the Leader of the Opposition.
The Authority has direct operational responsibility for the PCA's three (3) main units
2. Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints
The Investigations Team is the largest team in the PCA with its prime focus being the
corruption and serious police misconduct in strict accordance with the requirements of
the PCA Act and the delivery of excellent service on a consistent basis.
LEGAL COUNSEL, COMPLIANCE AND COMPLAINTS
The Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints Team focuses on the provision of-
misconduct and for other related matters. Further, the Legal Counsel, Compliance and
Complaints Team ensures effective follow-up and liaison between the PCA and the
Director of Public Prosecutions/Police Service Commission/Commissioner of Police
and all other persons or bodies whether public or private with whom the PCA works in
cooperation with or in association with in the performance of its functions.
The Team ensures the PCA's compliance with all statutory and regulatory require-
ments and provides the requisite assistance in the execution of the overall functions
of the Authority.
The Operations Team provides the support services required for the Authority to func-
tion effectively as detailed below:
Finance & Accounts
The Finance and Accounts Unit overlooks the entire system of monitoring and control-
The Team also monitors and ensures accountability and approval for the disbursement
The Information Technology (IT) Team provides the technological and other platforms
which enable the effective provision of service to customers and the recording, sorting-
ect management and new systems implementation.
The Human Resource (HR) Team focuses primarily on the effective management of
PCA's Human Resources and the provision of service to PCA's staff, inclusive of Per-
formance Management, Training and Development and Organisational Development
The Communications Team focuses on the development and implementation of key
strategies and innovative initiatives to ensure that the Authority maintains effective and
continuous communication with its key stakeholders.
The Administration Team provides and oversees the administrative services required
to support the operations of the PCA. The Administration Team will also routinely exer-
Functions of the Authority
Section 21 (1) of the PCA Act outlines the functions of the PCA.
21. (1) The functions of the Authority are to---
(b) undertake inquiries into, or audits of, any aspect of police activities for the purpose
of ascertaining whether there is police corruption or serious police misconduct or cir-
cumstances that may be conducive to both;
(c) monitor an investigation conducted by any person or authority in relation to any
matter mentioned in paragraph (a) and to undertake audits of those investigations;
POLICE COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY (PCA)
2017 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION STATEMENT
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