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Praising police for awesome support

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I MUST salute six policemen from the Police Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) who came to my assistance on July 1, 2019. I was travelling on the Three Miles bypass from Kingston heading to Manchester. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic. I was ‘undertaken’ by a trailer on my left, which headed in front of me and damaged my car in the process.

As I looked at the damage, my colleague asked what I was going to do. I said, “Call the police,” but also wondered when they would arrive, because I needed to get home. Just then, a car with four policemen, joined by two others on motorbikes, arrived on the scene. Naturally, I felt elated and secure.

They were not only pleasant and gentle in their guidance and advice, but physically helpful in removing the rubble off the damaged area and used wire to secure the headlamp. My colleague remarked that her view of policemen has changed, positively, because of the experience. This awesome service forced me to agree with the chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, whose voice echoed sentiments in the TVJ midday news on Monday, July 1, 2019, regarding police personnel who died brutally in the line of duty. He said policemen should get more respect when they put their lives on the line and that a monument be erected in National Heroes Park.

Give commendation when due

I truly believe that these six policemen who demonstrated their kind support and went the extra mile deserve high respect and appreciation.

My colleague and I wish to publicly thank the following policemen: Sgt D. Chung, Cpl D. Warren, and Constables A. Hunter, H. Wizzard, M. Tucker and R.S. Aitken. These men demonstrated empathy, social skills and emotional awareness. They are leaders.

ADVELLA MEIKLE

Nurse Educator

Northern Caribbean University