'Well said, commissioner'
JAMAICA Observer online readers are largely in agreement with Police Commissioner Owen Ellington's response to calls for his resignation. In an Observer article yesterday, Ellington said he was unfazed by the calls and urged his detractors to bring reason to bear when making such utterances. Here are some edited comments:
Good Mr Commissioner, you keep on fighting as there are many of us behind you. I have found that most of your critics cannot come up with any feasible solutions to the crime problem.
CHUCK EMANUEL the 1ST
@rudyx: I concur.
It is so strange calling for the policy implementer, but not the operational manager [to resign]. Whatever perception is out there, this commissioner Owen Ellington is the best ever to date.
Very brilliant response to your detractors, Mr Commissioner. I, however, do not agree with your statement that"most Jamaicans are law-abiding, etc.
@Enos Anderson: No, a brilliant response would be to resign. If the people say go, then go. Jamaicans are not safe. Maybe you live in a gated community. My mother wants to go back home, but she is a fraid.
Very well said, commissioner. We know you are doing your best under a difficult situation.
The police commissioner and the prime minister of Jamaica can only resign when the people who select them wish them to resign.
Well Said! One Love!
A large percentage of Jamaicans want you to resign commissioner. We recognise the limitations you have with resources. But it is blatantly obvious you have limitations with NEW IDEAS.
You stay where you are. You are the best commissioner I have seen in years.
Mr Ellington, you are a good commissioner and perhaps it's just a few are talking about you should resign. Several of us have seen that you are a reputable character. I strongly believe that if you are given the necessary support and tools, there is a lot in which you can do.
Hold the fort Commish. The job is not an easy one and yes I would have love to see more innovation in your approach to guns and gangs, but integrity wise, you have my support.
The problem with crime in Jamaica is not with the good Commissioner. The problem is with the Government, not having the guts and a duty to us to help this commissioner in fighting this crime epidemic. COWARDS!
I like your calm headed approach to things commish. I think that's very well needed. We have had enough big up chess and big chat commish and it didn't help.
Senior and Top Squaddie, you are a respectable man with dignity and values, keep on doing your excellent work. Jamaica needs you, we need you.
The commissioner can only operate with the resources he is given. He can't work miracles with five loaves and two fish!
Mr Ellington's proclamation suggests that he is a confused man -- he can't seem to understand the rationale behind his deflated performance numbers.
With crime at its all time high and the level of corruption within the force, you must take responsibility and resign.
Mr Commissioner, it would help our legal system greatly if it was illegal for the police to pick up dead bodies from any crime scene. You, the minister of justice and the minister of national security should discuss this!
The problem is not with the commissioner, but with the political directorate. The wimps we have elected to lead us are the biggest obstacle when it comes on to crime fighting. They starve the police of necessary funding, inject politics in policing, and refusing to provide the police with proper working environment.
The issue with crime does not lay solely with the commissoner. It's with me and you, people at the top and people at the bottom.
Being a nice guy doesn't make one a good commissioner. It is still a fact that the crime rate is not decreasing. Maybe he doesnt understand that the force is filled with "squaddies", and these squaddies hurt him more than they can help him. I wouldnt go shouting resign, since his replacement may not be more adept given the lack of Governmentt support. What's more appalling is the fact that some of these crime hotbeds are only metres in radius. He needs to have more effective communication with these communities. It doesn't get more clear than the graffiti scrawled on the wall that shows people are tired of the warfare.