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Drones needed to outmanoeuvre brazen gunmen

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:13 AM


A STARTLING news story carried on Nationwide Radio on July 24, 2018, headlined 'Police pinned down for two hours in Jarrett Lane war zone' read:

"Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, is describing as 'a war zone', the conditions of Jarrett Lane in East Kingston, two weeks ago, when a police team was pinned down by gunmen for about two hours."

Many may ask why the security forces took two hours to rescue the police officers who were trapped. We've seen it happened overseas sometimes, when you don't know the terrain of an area. Clearly, these gunmen were fully armed with weapons and terrain knowledge.

Folks may also argue that the security forces are too incompetent. But I strongly believe that if the security forces had drones on such a rescue mission it would've been there in minutes. It is time for the Government to give the security forces the equipment needed to fight these sophisticated criminals properly.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann