Letters to the Editor

Not the time for understaffed police force

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Can you tell us the truth and nothing but the whole truth as to why the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is understaffed by 1,400 members?

We know that many youngsters are refusing to join the police force for various reasons, but, on the other hand, there are still many who are ready and willing to be recruited.

In times like these, when Jamaica is rated among the most murderous countries in the world, when millions of dollars are being spent on national security, and with the level of fear being sky high, we cannot afford to have a short-staffed police force.

Furthermore, we need some members of the security forces to be stationed at hot spots for long periods of time, or even permanently, like in the enhanced security measures (state of public emergency) in St James. Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt and could not move. Likewise, we need some policemen to stay at certain places on a permanent basis, because when they leave some areas, the wicked, dog-hearted murderers return and cause hell.

Donald J McKoy


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