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Cut the police some slack!

Friday, March 09, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The police are grossly lacking in vital resources to do their work. They are highly underpaid and some can't afford to feed their families, all while they are heavily criticised by an unforgiving, 'unpleasable' people.

The Jamaican crime situation has reached epic proportions and, unfortunately, the men and women in uniform are the ones shouldering the brunt of the blame for not being able to quell the situation. They are blamed for vendors crowding the sidewalk, traffic on the roads, pressuring taxi men, not responding fast enough,the full gamut.

The situation is further compounded with the attrition rate of both rank and file officers and commissioners, making the force's strength dwarfed and crippled. In its 151 years of existence the force has had 28 commissioners, but has changed four in eight years. Now the Police Service Commission has chosen another commissioner in less than a year of selecting the last one.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison, at a Kiwanis Club meeting, referenced corruption. The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), headed by the persistent Terrence Williams, has been a thorn in the flesh of the police force to get them to change ill ways.

But why are the police being blamed for everything? What ever happened to the irresponsible parents, corrupt politicians and business people, even the criminals themselves? Also, the citizen who see no evil, speaks no evil?

Jamaica has a population of 2.8 million people and the force's complement is approximately 12,000. If the police are the criminals, then why isn't INDECOM prosecuting more of them?

Cut the police some slack; Jamaica's crime problem does not start or stop with the humans in uniform.

Hezekan Bolton





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