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Political ombudsman tired of people disrespecting cops

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she is "tired of hearing people disrespecting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)".

Brown, speaking last week at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights in

St Andrew, said that while it was unwise to ignore the issues gripping the police force, "you can't just disrespect a band of people and not expect that there will be some impact on morale and, potentially, service delivery".

"The easiest thing to do is to hit a man when he is down. We all know that there are inefficiencies and weaknesses," the political ombudsman said during her address.

Her pronouncement came just a week after a police incident that triggered calls from various quarters for action to be taken against police personnel caught on tape allegedly manhandling a woman, a minor and assaulting a media worker in St Andrew last week.

Parchment Brown went on to argue that it was impractical for the lawmen and the judiciary to act efficiently if they were not equipped with the resources to carry out their duties.

The political ombudsman contended that the year-on-year decreases in police fatalities have caused the lawmen to earn greater public respect.