Thu | Jan 18, 2018

Impressed by police politeness

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


When bad things happen, we jump to complain, but when good things happen, no one sings praises. Today I would like to change that by praising the police for their conduct in my latest interaction with them.

Last Friday night, while driving along Constant Spring Road in the vicinity of Mary Brown's Corner, I was stopped by two police personnel for a routine spot check. One cop approached my vehicle, and I was astonished by the way he addressed me. The first thing he said was, "Good evening, we're doing a routine spot check. May I see your driver's licence and your vehicle documents, please?"

He was very courteous and displayed an impressive level of professionalism and intelligence. The cops checked my documents and within minutes, I was handed back my papers and I was well on my way.

Other motorists can attest to the same, especially during the festive season.

In the past, some of these policemen have had little or no respect for motorists, displaying only arrogance and unprofessionalism. I'm pleased to see that this is now changing, and that they are shaping up and becoming more welcoming and pleasant.

I have to commend the persons responsible for whatever interpersonal skill-training sessions these policemen have been undertaking, because they are working. Kudos to the person(s) who implemented the programme; it was clearly overdue. I hope these workshops become a compulsory part of the force .