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Special monument for cops who die in the line of duty

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National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (left), greets Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Traffic and Highway Patrol Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (left), greets Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Traffic and Highway Patrol Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen JIS Photo

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry plans to erect a special monument to honour the memory of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) members who die in the line of duty.

Speaking at the Ministry’s inaugural awards ceremony for members of the JCF at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew on Thursday, November 23, Mr. Montague said funds have been identified within the Ministry for the undertaking, and that he has received two designs for consideration.

The Minister has also invited JCF members to either submit designs for consideration or suggest ways in which those received can be utilised to configure the monument.

Mr. Montague also advised that the Ministry has placed an order for a hearse “befitting of the fallen men and women of the JCF, to take you on the last mile of your journey”.

Some 900 JCF members have died in the line of duty since the JCF’s establishment in 1867.

Meanwhile, Mr. Montague praised the police for working relentlessly and tirelessly in their efforts to curb crime and violence, thereby safeguarding the nation.

He noted that while police officers work long and hard, often beyond the call of duty, many times they are not thanked for their dedicated service.

Police Commissioner, George Quallo, also lauded the members, noting that their consistent display of integrity, professionalism, passion for policing and deep-seated commitment to being agents of positive change across Jamaica “has set you apart”.

“You have given (and continue to give) yeoman service to our nation. Each day, you show up for work, leaving your families, to serve persons (some of whom) you have never met. Through your efforts, you have helped to build Jamaica,” Mr. Quallo said.

The awards ceremony, which is the brainchild of Mr. Montague, coincided with the JCF’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

More than 70 awards, citations and certificates were presented to members from the various Divisions, in recognition of sterling service in their respective areas.

One minute’s silence was also observed in memory of the officers who died in the line of duty.

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