Sun | Mar 18, 2018

Police must show strength, respect and care for citizens

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Robert Montague

Young Jamaica's vice-president with responsibility for Area 2, Okeino Robinson, is arguing that lawmen should never resort to disrespectful and unfair acts.

"While we understand that they must show some amount of strength, it doesn't mean disrespect. Regardless of whether they are addressing a child, teenager or adult, the communication must be the same. It is unfortunate that some officers tend to be very condescending and the perception is that they are 'they', as opposed to being enforcers of the law," he stated.

"This type of thinking usually leads to incivility and causes grievances between the police and civilians."

Robinson feels that National Security Minister Robert Montague is doing a good job at trying to inject the care factor into the hearts and minds of members of the force.

"The care factor is the use of a civilised approach in our daily interactions with each other; the use of softer language and the understanding that we all are human, thus having our unique issues to deal with. The Care factor requires us to go back to basic gestures such as 'Good morning', 'Good afternoon', 'Sir' and 'Ma'am' show some amount of respect for each other," he said

"Since taking up the post as minister, Robert Montague has gone on a quest to find out the comfort level of the men and women who serve this country with their lives from one day to the next. Jamaicans have shown little to no appreciation for these men and women. While this can be credited to the distrust from members of the force, we must not forget that they are also human."