Leave Mobile Reserve alone

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Leave Mobile Reserve alone

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The Mobile Reserve is now slated for decommissioning.

During former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer's first broadcast, on May 1, 1967, he said he had given orders to the police to “proceed without reservation and without restriction to tackle the problem of violence and bring wrongdoers to justice in whatever way can be done”.

“When it comes to handling crime in this country I do not expect any police, when he tackles a criminal, to recite any beatitude to him, with respect to the 'ologists, the police cannot tackle a wrongdoer and talk about 'blessed are the meek'.”

Now the naysayers are failing to recognise and praise the fearless policemen who risk their lives to protect all of us. I would suggest that they, especially Independent Commission of Investigations boss Terrence Williams, put on a bulletproof vest and accompany the Mobile Reserve on one of their emergencies to see what they are exposed to and learn something from the experience.

The Mobile Reserve should not be abolished.

Keith Hobbins


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