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JFJ: passion above reason

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Let me make it very clear that I support the cause of human rights and I join with all citizens in congratulating Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) for its advocacy on behalf of the country's less fortunate. However, Dr Carolyn Gomes ought not to allow her emotions to get the better of her.

The JFJ's bid seeking an injunction to prevent the acting appointment of Senior Superintendent of Police Delroy Hewitt as assistant commissioner of police was ludicrous.

Like any other person against whom an accusation has been made, SSP Hewitt is innocent until proven guilty. With so many persons having issues with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, we must be careful that we do not further demoralise the hard-working men and women of the force who are serving this nation under very trying circumstances, sometimes paying the ultimate price with their lives.

SSP Hewitt has, in the last few years, been serving in the dirtiest and most violent police divisions in the Corporate Area. If he has stepped out of line, the commissioner of police has the authority to report his conduct to the Police Service Commission, which will take any action deemed necessary.