Jamaica launches first anti-corruption tip line

Jamaicans are urged to use the new tip line set up by the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in collaboration with Crime Stop to report dishonest public officials and high-level offenders.

On Friday, International Anti-Corruption Day, the nation’s first anti-corruption tip line, 888-MOCA TIP, was formally introduced during a press conference at MOCA’s Corporate Area headquarters.

The public will have the chance to report instances of organised crime, public sector corruption, lottery fraud, and other major crimes, and they will be eligible to win prizes for information that results in successful operations and arrests. These incentives range in value from J$10,000 to J$1,000,000.

Colonel Desmond Edwards, Director General of MOCA, remarked during the initiative’s introduction that the public is likely the most important stakeholder in the battle against corruption, noting that around US$750 million is lost each year as a result of corrupt practises.

He stated that the programme will contribute in the development of “good intelligence and, ultimately, good cases”. and that it is “an effort to empower and encourage our citizens.”

In accordance with the programme, Crime Stop will gather the tips, process the data, and send reports to MOCA for review, planning, and execution. Major Basil Jarrett, MOCA’s director of communications and client service excellence, said Jamaicans may soon anticipate seeing a number of advertisements and messaging about the tip line in both traditional and social media.

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