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Government must find cerasee tea for cops' mystery illness

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The prolonged 'mystery illness' affecting hundreds of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) across several divisions goes to show that our rank and file have no problem at all concocting lies to get by.

The Police Federation, on the other hand, has categorically denied any planned sick-out, but let's call a spade a spade: somebody in the ranks of the force is responsible for infecting the officers with this contagious mystery illness, which has managed to transcend parish borders within an instant and incredulously damage the moral immune system of nearly 3,000 police officers, of whom only 1,000 have received the vaccine of integrity to resume their duties after suffering this terrible mystery illness.

Set aside that our Government needs to take the cry of the police officers seriously, especially in light of the shortage of officers, due to the high attrition rate in the JCF and the difficulty in recruiting suitable candidates quickly enough to realise the number of cops needed to properly execute the business of serving, protecting, and reassuring, the moral fibre of our officers should always be guided by those pledges they took to execute their duties with the highest level of rectitude.

The JCF has been lying to us, and it belittles the mental capacity of the general public and bespeaks a lack of commitment on the officers' part.

I do hope that the requisite sick leave forms have been tendered for those cops who have gone multiple days and also I hope that the strategy is not that as soon as one set of the officers gets well, the other set gets ill.

I charge the JCF to adopt methods of protests that do not compromise their trustworthiness; for the JCF is grappling with enough public distrust already. Further, to conveniently fabricate lies to suit your purposes is an indication that your moral standing is not absolute, which seriously undermines the JCF's attempt to restore the public's trust.

At the same time, police wage negotiations have escalated badly and the Government now needs to address it with a sense of immediacy, for the crime monster is still on the loose. We appreciate the sacrifices of our officers and must do our very best to ensure that we take good care of them, in the same we expect them to take good care of us. May we find the cerasee tea of a better wage offer to stem this mystery illness once and for all!

J Fitzroy Johnson

Minister of religion





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