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Bad apples in JCF not the majority

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Thanks to Mark Ricketts for his column 'The professor should apologise to the police' (Sunday Gleaner, February 4, 2018). As a police officer, I am happy to see that some people see the sacrifice we make every day, whether on or off duty.

Being a police officer is not an easy feat. This job means sacrificing our lives for the citizens of Jamaica. I stand proud and unflinchingly say that I am a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and I will continue to serve protect and reassure.

In every organisation, you have bad apples, but they are not the majority. The oversight bodies are mandated to deal with those bad apples The majority are the hard-working, dedicated members.

We are police officers, yet we play the role of mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, counsellors, and at times the money that we have to buy our lunch is given to someone in need or used to send a destitute child to school. You name it, we have done it.

I have been doing this for 13 years and I have worked with some wonderful police officers.

TAMEIKA ANDERSON

Police corporal