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PM reassures police of gov't's full support as two are fatally shot

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:27 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reassured members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) of the government's full support in the fight against crime.

The prime minister expressed regret and sadness at developments over the weekend which have resulted in two members of the JCF losing their lives due to criminals.

Constable Leighton Hanson of the St Andrew North Police Division was killed on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew as he responded to a robbery. 

Less than 24 hours later, Detective Sergeant Dale Thompson succumbed to injuries he sustained during a gunfight with criminals in January.

Commenting on the tragic losses,  Prime Minister Holness said: “Detective Sergeant Thompson and Constable Hanson are heroes. I thank them for their courageous actions in confronting criminal elements. Regrettably, they lost their lives. I am deeply hurt at the outcome and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and the JCF at what is a very difficult time, not only for the Constabulary but for all well-thinking members of society. Indeed, the loss of life of any innocent person due to violence and crime should be strongly condemned."

He added: "Members of our security forces risk their lives to protect us on a daily basis. We must support them. In a bid to give the security forces the most suitable possible environment to cauterise and eliminate criminal activity, the Government of Jamaica renews its commitment to secure the passage of legislation, including the zones of special operations and community development bill which was recently referred to a joint select committee of Parliament."