JFJ deplores the Killing of Corporal Duncan and wishes success for the Police force in the Fight against crime

JFJ deplores the Killing of Corporal Duncan and wishes success for the Police force in the Fight against crime

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is horrified and deeply saddened by the slaying of Corporal Omar Duncan last night who was shot while attempting to foil a break-in in Haughton Grove, Hanover. We condemn this blatant disregard for human life and we extend our deep and sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

JFJ recognizes that the police often have difficult situations to handle and in instances when a police officer is tragically slain while carrying out his sworn duties JFJ considers it an attack on the justice system and thus an attack on Jamaica itself.  We call upon those who have information that may lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators, to share it with the police so that the wrongdoers can be swiftly brought to justice.

JFJ notes the crime fighting initiatives presented to the people by the Commissioner of Police on July 22nd.  We wish the Commissioner and his men every success in their efforts to put the brakes on the horrific rate of major crimes and restore Jamaica to a place of choice to live, work and raise families. To this end we will continue to support the hardworking, decent police persons who put their lives at risk carrying out their sworn duty to ‘protect, serve and reassure’ the citizens of Jamaica.  We at JFJ will continue to do our part by encouraging persons to give information to, and work with, the police in these efforts.

We encourage the Commissioner to remain resolute in his reminders to those under his command that, regardless the provocation, they must observe proper human rights procedures and respect for the citizens, being the example for all to follow.  It is only through policemen and women acting in this way that we can restore the trust needed to have citizens work with the police to reduce crime.  We encourage the Commissioner as he rolls out and entrenches in the JCF Community based policing strategies which will be the main vehicle for the JCF to build on this trust and restore order and the rule of law.

The work of the police must be supported by the provision of resources by the Government and the private sector for effective social intervention programmes.  These must be provided in a timely and sustained manner in order to ensure that the reductions in crime rates are not lost to lack of political will and effective follow up.

JFJ condemns the slaying of Corporal Duncan and the continued acts of criminality in our country. It is time to take our society off this self-destructive course which only serves to inflict pain and suffering and time to ensure the rule of law and the observance of human rights across the nation.