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Policemen's deaths spark condemnation, outrage

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 3:38 PM

Both the national security minister and his Opposition counterpart have condemned separate attacks that resulted in the deaths of two policemen on the weekend.

They are urging law-abiding citizens to unite in the fight against criminals.

Minister Robert Montague said, "Friday afternoon’s shooting demonstrates the risk that the police are constantly exposed to by virtue of their occupation and incidents of this nature are a wrenching reminder of the extremely difficult challenges facing the security forces, and the great sacrifices they continue to make in the fight to rid our country of the scourge of crime and violence."

Montague, who issued a statement this morning, added, "we must all come together to keep pressure on the criminals in our society who create an atmosphere of fear among all Jamaicans".

Opposition spokesman Peter Bunting said, "the loss of these officers is a grievous blow to law and order".

The former national security minister said in a release that these criminals can only be brought to justice if there is consensus among law abiding citizens.

He said the policemen's service and duty to country must be rewarded with a commitment from citizens not to allow these criminals to find refuge.

Constable Leighton Hanson was killed Friday afternoon as he responded to reports of a robbery on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

Detective Sergeant Dale Thompson, who was assigned to the Kingston Central Division, died in hospital Saturday morning as a result of injuries he received from a gunshot while on duty on Saturday, January 28.