Monday 18 March, 2019

JCF members mourn death of senior cop

Members of the Police High Command on Saturday described the late senior superintendent (SSP) , Dermot Lawrence, as a hardworking and discipline officer who gave over 30 years of service to his country.

SSP Lawrence, who served at a number of police divisions and posts across the island, was found dead on Friday at his home in the Mango Walk area of St James.

Reports are that he was found hanging by a piece of rope from the ceiling of his house shortly after 7.30 p.m. It is understood that Lawrence may have been experiencing domestic challenges. News of the death has since sent shock waves across the JCF.

On Saturday JCF members, reflecting on his life, said the work ethics of Lawrence was top of the line.

“We mourn the loss of SSP Lawrence, whose work ethic and discipline were a blueprint of excellence in policing,” a release from the Corporate Communication Unit, the police information arm, stated.

The release said the policeman during his time in the force worked at a number of post across the island and was able to make significant input in these areas.

But on Friday all those years of hard work would come to an end. 

Senior officers of the JCF have since called on police officers not to ignore signs of depression or be afraid to seek help if needed.

 “We are mindful of the intense stressors of the job and the impact these can have on our members’ personal lives and performance. We therefore implore our members to avail themselves of the mechanisms that the organisation has established to cater to their overall wellbeing, to include three main support systems – the Volunteer Pastors Programme, the Chaplaincy Unit and the Medical Services Branch.

Meanwhile the JCF Chaplaincy Unit, the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Medical Services Branch have been directed to provide support to the family and colleagues with whom he worked daily.


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