JFJ Expresses Sympathy for Slain Police Officer and Appeals to Jamaicans to Work Together for Peace
Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Alan Lindsay who was fatally shot yesterday in Montego Bay. We are deeply grieved that yet another member of the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF) has been gunned down in the line of duty.
The appalling number of violent deaths in our nation is a major cause of concern for all of us and a huge barrier to progress and development. The untimely and tragic death of Sergeant Lindsay is yet another indication that our nation needs to urgently focus on justice reform. JFJ believes strongly that meaningful justice reform must include changes to the current structure and functioning of the police force and the reform must be driven by public and political will and supported by adequate resources.
Only last week JFJ issued a statement regarding the violent deaths of Assistant Commissioner of Police Gilbert Kameka and Constable Valentino Chambers. With the strength of our convictions we reiterate our position that reductions in crime – and particularly in the brutal murders Jamaicans have become so accustomed to – will be attained through more effective and efficient policing. We further contend the work of the police must be supported and strengthened by complementary social and economic policies. Crime is more than a security issue and crime prevention requires a concerted effort by government in partnership with civil society, business and community organizations and local government structures.
Solutions will require the efforts of each and every Jamaican. The tasks are ours. Jamaicans must begin to restore the morality that prevents participating in or encouraging unlawful activities. We must accept our own power and our own personal responsibility to be the change we wish to see. We must exercise our power, hold ourselves accountable and hold others equally accountable as first steps towards rehabilitating our nation.
It is time that all Jamaicans work together to demand the right choices are made and that appropriate interventions are taken by government, the business community, civil society and by each citizen. If we do what we can do, we will succeed and the brutal killings and outrageous levels of crime in our nation will become a part only of the past.
For more information contact:
Carolyn Gomes: (876) 755-4524-6/382-8583
Devon Yetman: (876) 365-7109