Police Federation Chairman Sergeant Patrae Rowe, has publicly called for a monument in National Heroes Park to honour cops killed in the line of duty, as well as those who have given exemplary service to the nation.
Speaking at special service where members of the police force laid roses at a monument on the compound of the North Divisional Headquarters in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Sergeant Rowe said the federation is”asking the Government to erect a monument in no less a place than the National Heroes Park in honour of these two police officers that were killed.”
The two officers killed are Detective Corporal Dane Biggs and Constable Decardo Hylton. They were killed during an operation in Horizon Park in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on the morning of June 12.
Continuing, Rowe said “the memories of these two young but very promising officers must be immortalized somewhere. Jamaica must know that these two men, in 2020, gave their lives for this country.”
He added that “there must be a place where their families and their children must be able to picnic and lay a wreath at a monument in honour of them.”
He made it known that policemen and policewomen who are, unfortunately, killed on the job must be properly and significantly recognized, and therefore, must be afforded a special place to be laid to rest.
The federation chair rubbed in his point even more as he said “policemen and women across the 14 parishes work very long hours, in many cases deprived of sleep, to ensure that the average Jamaican is safe. We are saying that this will go a far way to motivate a police force that is already weary, and the Government needs to take these steps to make sure we have a motivated police force to fight crime in this country.”
No concrete word as to if his recommendation will come to light but we can confirm that the Holness-led administration is reviewing the suggestion.
Shannon Dale Reid