Commish writes to protesting cops, begs them to return to work
The Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, has written to protesting rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force pledging to help in their agitation for improved wages.
However, the chief constable has also begged the cops to resume normal duties.
"We cannot, by our actions, or lack thereof, allow those who wish to wreak havoc on our society to think that we will fail in our duty to stand between them and the lives that they seek to destroy," Williams said.
The rank and file members have been offered a five per cent wage increase, but they are demanding 100 per cent pay hike.
SEE THE COMMISSIONER'S LETTER TO COPS BELOW:
There have been reports from several police stations and offices across Jamaica that an unusually high number of persons have not reported for their scheduled duties.
In some instances, none of the individuals slated to work on a particular shift have reported for duty, leaving their colleagues to maintain even longer than usual working hours.
We are all keenly aware of the difficult wage negotiations that have been progressing, and the High Command has pledged its full support to doing all that we can to achieve improved compensation and working conditions for the federated ranks.
We know that the men and women of the JCF have always continued to serve their country even under the most trying circumstances. When our nation has faced its most difficult challenges, we have been there to maintain peace and to ensure normalcy, because it is our sworn oath to serve and protect all of the citizens of our country.
Those of you who daily confront the reality of seeing innocent lives ravaged by the senseless violence of criminal elements with no regard for the value of human life understand only too clearly the duty that falls to us to protect those who have no other means to protect themselves.
We cannot, by our actions, or lack thereof, allow those who wish to wreak havoc on our society to think that we will fail in our duty to stand between them and the lives that they seek to destroy.
I am therefore urging all of you, the men and women of the JCF, to resist the lure of any action that would require you to compromise the sanctity of the oath that you have sworn as a member of this organisation. I am relying on each of you, as individuals, to exercise good judgement and to demonstrate the commitment to duty that is now needed to serve and protect the people of this country.
Carl Williams, OD, JP, PhD
Commissioner of Police