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Police - criminals or law enforcers?

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 9:23 PMRashida Harrison

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The incidents of policemen being involved in criminal offences have raised trust issues in the minds of citizens. Many persons like me cannot fathom how it is that the persons who swore to serve, protect and reassure are doing the opposite. These incidents show blatant disrespect to other police personnel who are risking their lives daily to serve us.

If they who swore to protect, serve and reassure are involved in these criminal offences, what would they do had they sworn to torment and ill-treat?

I believe that the governing bodies that are involved in selecting officers should be more rigorous in the selection process so that criminals are not admitted into the police force. Moreover, policemen who commit crimes should not be let off with a slap on the wrist, which seems to be the norm today. It is time for the upper body to conduct better investigations into criminal offences allegedly involving policemen and punish them accordingly.

A clean constabulary force is what we all want.

RASHIDA HARRISONHarrison_rashida@yahoo.com

Old Harbour, St Catherine