KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) are also the 2013 Olivier Shield champions, the pinnacle of local schoolboy football, defeating St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 2-0 at the National Stadium Saturday afternoon, and 5-0 on aggregate.
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We are definitely facing another period of uncertainty and fear. The economic situation is hostile to the poor and more and more, despite the best efforts of our people, they are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
The daily slide of the dollar inevitably means increases in the prices of basic commodities - rice, sugar, flour, bread, turkey neck and chicken back-, which comprise the predominant food of the poor. Businesses are struggling, having to deal with high energy costs, spiralling security costs and a workforce which is low on productivity and low on morale. There is nothing these days as a stable job.Today you can go to work and tomorrow you might not have a job to go to. Having a job these days is a privilege and should be cherished.
Add to this mix of economic uncertainty the high increase in crime especially over the last three months - and you develop a potent cocktail for turmoil.The traditional methods are not working and there are strong sentiments among many that the police, more so the rank and file members, are dropping their efforts because of fear of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the regular lambasting they receive from human rights groups.
The public call by the Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, in last week’s Force Orders for his members to simply do their jobs in a professional manner and according to the continuous training they receive, is therefore timely and we hope this call will have a positive effect on those policemen and women who are fearful. Let us not disguise the facts. Policemen and women are attacked daily by criminals who have no fear. The lot of any policeman or woman while on operational duty is not an easy one. They are made of blood and bones, they have fears, and they have family problems just like the rest of us. We cannot simply say that because they are police officers, then they must do this or do that. Yes, we expect them to act in a professional manner, yes, we expect them to protect us, but given the depths of destruction which the criminals in our midst are hell-bent on perpetrating, we must as a people, understand the daily pressures faced by members of the police force.
By putting in place a mechanism where members can get assistance when necessary, Ellington is making a loud statement to those he leads– do your work and protect the people as you are sworn to do; and if you have problems, we will support you until proven otherwise. It cannot be any clearer, and we applaud Ellington for this courageous move. Let us be guided by this and support our policemen and women.
Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington
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