You want me to resign?
BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive editor — special assignment firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE Commissioner Owen Ellington says he is not fazed by criticisms and calls for his resignation, but has urged Jamaicans to use their freedom to do so responsibly.
Ellington reiterated that he was proud to be top cop at a time when citizens felt free to criticise the commissioner of police without any fear of retribution and that he would never ever want to live in a country where people were deprived of that right or freedom.
"If people were afraid to criticise me or call for my resignation, when they feel like it, even if they don't have good reasons, then I would be failing at my job. But the fact that they can do it at any time, and the fact that they can take their safety and freedom for granted, means that the police are doing what they are here to do, which is to protect people, protect their rights and their freedoms," he said in a interview with the Jamaica Observer, the full report of which will be published this Wednesday.
But the commissioner added: "What I would urge people to do is to use that freedom responsibly. And I think most Jamaicans do. That is why we have not descended into anarchy as yet."
Ellington said most Jamaicans were law-abiding, respectable and respectful and had patience with the police, knowing they are not miracle workers.
"They know the limitations that we work with. Most Jamaicans want peaceful, ordered existence and most Jamaicans know that the making of a commissioner of police is not an overnight affair. You don't just get up and say, 'Boy, we want a different commissioner' and you get one tomorrow. There is a process and they respect the process.
"So those who would make that kind of call they have their reasons, and as I said before, they have freedom to do it and I would never ever want to be in a country where they are deprived of that freedom," Commissioner Ellington said.