Montague to source brand new hearse for transporting fallen police officers
In order to ensure that deceased members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are transported respectfully to their final resting places, Minister of National Security Robert Montague has announced plans to procure a hearse for that purpose.
Montague expressed disgust and utter disappointment at the manner in which deceased policemen and policewomen are transported to their funerals.
Clinging to hope that the vehicle will not have to be used at all, Montague stressed that in the event that an officer does die, he or she will be transported in a respectful way.
He was speaking Monday at the handing over of a Mitsubishi Rosa bus to the JCF that will allow for their safe transportation to and from work.
"I am going to buy a hearse because, every time I go to a funeral for a member of the police force, it is in an old minibus that they are carrying the deceased."
"Many times they die in service to this country and as a nation, we need to treat our fallen officers with a little more respect.
"We cannot take them to their final resting place in an old Toyota Hiace that may not even reach the resting place. It is my sincere wish that we will not use that vehicle, but if we have to, it must be in good order and it must reflect the dignity of service that the members would have given," the minister stressed.
Montague lamented the fact that the lawmen and women were not appreciated as they ought to and he encouraged citizens to change that reality.
"The Jamaica Constabulary Force is one of those institutions that is underappreciated in this country. We need to show more appreciation for persons who who serve this country in the many ways that they are called upon (to do)."