'Is this an April fool's prank in July?'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014    

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JAMAICA observer online readers have reacted angrily to a report yesterday that former members of the Island Special Constabulary Force have been forced to use their own money to replace the blue seams on their uniforms and hats with red ones. In the article, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington assured that the money will be reimbursed with a one-off payment of between $1,500 and $1,700. This, despite one former ISCF member disclosing that it costs $600 to change the seam in a pair of trousers. Below are some edited comments:

CHUCK EMANUEL First Original

Do we see a lawsuit on the horizon by the former "blue seamed" cops when their money is not reimbursed? No provision made in the budget for uniform replacement. Only in Jamaica and especially under this inept Government.


Government found money to buy expensive cars for non-performing Member of Plutocrats (MPs) and can't find money to deck out the people with the toughest job in Jamaica. Is this an April fool's prank in July?


Typical untidiness from the PNP.


What a disgrace! Paying for seams out of their own pockets, begging retired officers for badges. Basically an admission that the country is so broke we cannot even afford to handle these simple issues.


@OC: Can I tell you, this is such an embarrassment.

Holy Perv

@OC: I'm sure the minister is saving the money to buy the body cameras he promised will be issued to the force a few months back.


This whole procedure is simply a mess and a microcosm of how Jamaica is being mismanaged. As my granny would say, bless her soul, "dem doh know head from bull foot".


Why don't you people pass out a hat for them?LOL! 'Brand Jamaica" never cease to amaze me; always were, and always will be a poverty-stricken, disfunctional third world outhouse. The only people who don't know it, are the boisterous, loud-mouth, arrogant, and ignorant Jamaicans themselves. LOL!


This exuberant PSM-led people power admin is doing an excellent job at handling and managing the merger of the JCF and the ISCF. The same exuberant performance that is been displayed on the merger is been applied to the running and management of all the country's affair. No only is this the most and best loved PM and govt in our history, but this is also the best government in our history.


What a shame that this was rushed and pushed on these people and no thought on how to do the transition? This is the type of mediocre approach we face with this government. Mr Bunting wants to appear as if he is efficient but this proves otherwise. He was in the news promoting this transition and now where is he.


I'm hoping that this story is not true. How much more embarrassment and disgrace can one country take?


Yet the politicians "deserve" brand new SUVs.


I seriously doubt the issue is as big as these people make it out to be. I have to use my personal funds to pay certain work expense then be reimbursed once I file a report. So either pay the money or continue wearing the blue seam until the situation is rectified.

Richie L

The ISCF should never have been integrated into the JCF in the first place. They should have been enhanced and given a new mission. Their mission should have been that of an elite force that covers areas like immigration at airports, custom at the seaports and operate with fewer and separate stations from the JCF. They should have played a role similar to that played by the FBI in the US or the RCMP in Canada.

We need a second force to keep the JCF honest. Only certain academic qualifications should get one into the ISCF.

Shirley Holness

This kind of treatment for the ISCF Members really indicates/ highlight the contempt, that has always plague their presence. They are not respected! That is what all this is indicating!


Disgrace is an understatement for this Government. Maybe if they cut back on some of the travelling, the country would have extra money to do little things like paying for the stripes for these cops.

Mark Trought

This merger (resulting from a court act) is going to cause long standing distress within the JCF team. Then to add insult to injury by asking the specials to pay for the adjustment of Government issued attired is really the lowest a nation can go. I am almost certain if all parliamentarians forgo a month's pay we could have accommodated for these payments. The police force needs serious reformation and it is going to take a new type of leadership in this country to rein in their atrocities.

The Saint

Government drop the ball on this again. If they do not have the money to replace the blue, then the officers should be allowed to wear blue until they can.


If there is a problem with funding for new uniforms, allow the use of the ISCF uniforms for a set period of time until new uniforms are available and let the officers get on with the job at hand.


DQL! This is like a joke!

Callie B

Whoever did not expect such ommision when the main conspicuous difference was between 'RED SEAM & BLUE SEAM'. How come our minister, the financial wizard, didn't take into account this expence? Or was he waiting for 'divine intervention?'





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