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No regard for district constables

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Jamaica Rural Police Force (district constable) has been an important part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since it was founded on May 16, 1899. Today, very few people seems to recognised the important role we play in the fight against crime and the enforcement of law within this country.

After more than 117 years, we have served this land with great commitment and dedication, but yet it seems our efforts matter to no one. For the past decade, we have been asking the Government of Jamaica for a pension scheme that would see us getting some benefit when we retire.

Indeed, all we get is promises and praise and nothing more. In 2010, the then minister of national security promised that he would push for a pension scheme for us, but this did not happen. Peter Bunting did the same. (http://jis.gov.jm/government-agrees-to-pension-plan-for-district-constab...). Then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller promised us that on April 1, 2016, district

constables would be pensionable

(http://news.jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20151204/district-constable...).

It is pointless to have a part of our security forces treated with no regard, and yet it is expected that we should give our all at all times in the interest of our country.

ANTONY BROWN

districtconstablegroup@gmail.com