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Most cops are professional and hard-working

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I respond to Miss Patria-Kaye Aarons's article, 'Police need military management', of Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

First, let me applaud you for your thorough explanation in your recent article on the need for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to adopt and replicate the training of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). However, I have several concerns.

Your article, though it may not have been your intention, makes it seem as if every member of the JCF is unprofessional. This is not true. Not to sound narcissistic, but as a constable, I consider myself an epitome of what a police officer should be: stern, but courteous; professional in speech; conduct and deportment; punctual; always smiles with the public even when I am stressed with my own problems; proper respect for each and every citizen's rights, including those in custody. And I could continue. It may seem difficult to find police officers with these qualities because of the bad publicity and negative perceptions surrounding the JCF. This has not been helped by those among us who are corrupt and unprofessional. Nonetheless, I assure you that we exist, in larger numbers than you may think. And we are working, and working hard, despite the archaic technology and lack of resources.

Furthermore, please be reminded that we are a product of society. Yes, training can alter one's behaviour and cultivate a more principled behaviour, but even this is limited. Training can do so much and no more.

Additionally, the JCF and the JDF have different roles and objectives. Hence, the difference in training. While I do agree to some extent that the JCF can replicate some aspects of the JDF's training, it CANNOT be a wide-scale approach, because this may have more risk than benefits.

Finally, have you ever stopped to ponder whether some of the persons complaining are unhappy because they were benefiting from the proceeds of crime and the police have hindered their criminal intentions? I know some of these concerns are genuine and valid, but I do not think that all of them are.

Please note that the views expressed are my personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the JCF or its management.

Robert K. Williams

Constable

Mandeville Police Station