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Ellington says wait and see on ganja; opposes police, military merger

Tuesday, February 25, 2014    

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POLICE Commissioner Owen Ellington says he has no personal view on the gay lifestyle and has no bias against any gay person.

"I see people, not gay people. My duty is to serve people. I have no bias towards or against any gay person," Ellington said in an interview in which he commented on a range of popular issues.

The full report of the interview will be published tomorrow in the Jamaica Observer.

Asked his views on the campaign for decriminalisation of ganja, the top cop said that, in his position, he would have to wait and see what policies were adopted by the Government and so could not express an opinion one way or another at this time.

Leader of Government Business in the House, Phillip Paulwell has just signalled that Jamaica would decriminalise ganja for medicinal purposes, possibly by June this year.

But Ellington had strong views on suggestions that the police and the military be merged in the hope of achieving a stronger crime-fighting force.

"The police and the military have separate missions, purpose and roles and should be kept as separate entities within the national security architecture," he said.

"It is quite okay for the military to support the police in law enforcement, especially in an environment of high crime and gun violence. This type of support is quite normal in military operations other than war," the commissioner said.

He also believed that every citizen should take a healthy interest in politics, adding: "It means informing one's self, engaging in responsible discussions with responsible others and voting on issues."

— Desmond Allen

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