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Who can demand a resignation?

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

CAN THE commissioner of police or any legal luminary such as the very learned Dr Lloyd Barnett, renowned leading authority on constitutional and administrative laws, tell the public if the good order, guidance and discipline of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) permit any member of the force to publicly demand the resignation of a highly placed constituted authority, for example, the learned commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), a member of the Bar of Jamaica, who is subject to the discipline of the General Legal Council, and to make defamatory statements about him?

I think no such right exists and they should confine their opinion literally to the barrack room, because in my opinion, the constitutional right of the citizen does not extend to members of the security force when acting as such. In this context, policemen do not even have the constitutional right of association like members of the public to be members of trade unions.

Owen S. Crosbie

oss@cwjamaica.com