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PHOTOS: Denham Town Police mourn, colleague pointed out by gunmen and killed

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Constable Crystal Thomas

Officers at the Denham Town Police Station in West Kingston were still in disbelief this morning following the murder of one of their colleagues last night.


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The wailing of a policewoman underscored the grief hanging over the Denham Town Police Station located in West Kingston.

It followed last night’s brutal slaying of Constable Crystal Thomas, who had been stationed there for more than a year.

The 24-year-old woman was shot three times in the head by gunmen who discovered that she was a police constable as they robbed passengers on a minibus along Spanish Town Road last evening.

Grief-stricken policemen and women from other formations joined their colleagues at the Denham Town station to remember a woman many believed had a very bright future in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Amid the mourning, was an ominous warning from head of the Police Area 4 Assistant Commissioner George Quallo.

He told The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre that no stones would be left unturned to capture the "animals"who killed Constable Thomas.

Quallo confirmed that two men were already in custody and that a firearm has been recovered.

The head of the West Kingston Police Division Senior Superintendent Cornwall Ford says he and members of his senior management team have been kept busy trying to console and motivate the men and women under his command.

Ford described the slain Constable as someone who was very active and always very willing to go on operations with her male colleagues.

He says the investigation is being handled by the St Andrew South Police Division, where the two men are in custody, but notes that it is still very fluid.

Ford declined to comment on the circumstances under which Constable Thomas was killed, but said investigators are looking at all angles.

Lawmakers also came in for harsh criticisms by members of the executive of the Police Federation, who say for years they have been clamouring for a bus system to transport off-duty police personnel.

'Who is on our side' asked one executive member of the Federation who pointed out that when lawmakers travelled outside work it was in air conditioned comfort.

However, in seeking to console her colleagues, the Police Federation executive urged them be resolute and to let Constable Thomas’ death be a wake up call for greater love and unity with the JCF.