PCA hoping for a strengthening of powers with passage of Evidence Bill

PCA hoping for a strengthening of powers with passage of Evidence Bill

David West is hoping for more authority for the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) following the passing of the Evidence Amendment Bill 2020 on Friday.

The PCA Director said with the amendment he would like to see changes in its governing structure and increase the scope of how they conduct police investigations.

The amendments proposed include Special Reserve Police and Municipal Officers coming under the investigative ambit of the PCA, and for the PCA to also be able to admit video recordings along with their findings and recommendations.

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West also hopes that amendments to the Coroner’s Act would “Allow for the PCA to be an interested party in a coroner’s inquest and also the FIU Act is to be amended to allow them to pass information on the PCA.”

He said the proposed amendments would ensure the PCA’s powers are strengthened moving forward.
West is hoping these legislative changes would soon be tabled in the Parliament. He said following the passing of the Evidence Bill “It should be next on the Order Paper, hopefully.”

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