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What led a 21-y-o cop to commit suicide?

Commissioner appeals to spouses, colleagues, relatives and neighbours to report any signs of emotional unease affecting officers

Monday, April 21, 2014    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Mandeville police say they have launched a detailed investigation into the suspected suicide of 21-year-old police constable Virdon-Ron Taylor at New Hall in Central Manchester, late Saturday.

The police reported that the young constable, who was assigned to the Anti-Corruption Branch in Kingston, was visiting his girlfriend when an argument developed over text messages on his cellphone.

He left the bedroom and shortly after, an explosion was heard. Taylor's body was then found slumped in a passageway with his service firearm beside him. Police placed the time of the incident at about 11:15 pm. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police say the scene was processed by detectives from the Scene of Crime team from Area 3.

Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington yesterday expressed shock at yet another police suicide stemming from domestic disputes.

Only last week another police constable, Davian Thompson of the St Catherine North Police Division, allegedly killed his wife, and then himself.

Ellington reminded those under his command that "the police force is not short of counselling".

Said Ellington: "We have established a fully staffed chaplaincy unit, which is offering counselling and pastoral services to every geographical division and every police formation in Jamaica. The chaplaincy unit has gone even further by establishing station pastors to further attend to the spiritual needs of police officers and also offer counseling where needed. Incidents like these are appalling."

A news release said the police chief "is once again appealing to spouses, colleagues, and relatives, even neighbours, to report, without delay, any signs of emotional unease affecting police officers".

In expressing condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Constable Taylor, Ellington said members of the chaplaincy unit have been dispatched to offer grief counselling to both families.

In Mandeville, head of the Area 3 Police Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight uttered sentiments similar to that of Ellington. He urged persons with "issues" to seek help.

Taylor grew up with his grandparents in Junction, South East St Elizabeth and attended Munro Preparatory and Munro College.

A Junction resident, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer by telephone, remembered Taylor as a "quiet young man" who often visited relatives and friends in Junction and Top Hill.

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