Have a heart for overworked police
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In recent days, the dominant topic on talk shows, newscasts, in print and social media is that of the killing of Mario Deane and the punishment that should be delivered to the police personnel involved. Once again, we are hearing about the 'demons' in our country called the police. It is quite easy for the blame-game mill to start spinning, but let us never forget that there is enough blame to pass around to everyone.
We talk about what the police should and should not do. But have we stopped to think of what we as citizens should be doing?
Many citizens have little or no regard for the Jamaican police. Let it be known that the police are also human and have rights just as we do.
Please do not misunderstand me. I'm in no way condoning the wrong things police might do at times. However, as valuable human beings and citizen of this country with equal rights, have we ever pondered on the inhumane conditions our police work under? Have we taken into consideration the long, laborious hours these same cops work, serving and protecting us?
What about the unsanitary and pit-like conditions of the bathrooms some of these police personnel have to face daily? Don't forget to mention the one-sided, biased and unfair criticism they all have to endure the moment one officer might be found in question.
We want our officers to become favourable in our eyes. Let's start by commending them for their dedication for the good of our country. Give them credit where it is due and we'd see the changes it would bring.
Why not have our highly esteemed leaders provide better working facilities and more reliable cars, recruit more personnel, and schedule favourable working hours? With these suggestions implemented, I believe that we would have more outstanding citizens being attracted to the police force, resulting in a less corrupt force with better output from our police officers. As my favourite evening radio host Barry G would say, "Police a summady pickney to."
FERNON THOMPSON (JP)
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth