Police high command condemns killing of constable
Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson and other members of the high command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are condemning the killing of one of their members in the line of duty.
Dead is 27 year old Constable Kemar Francis of the Hunts Bay Police Station. Constable Francis was a member of a team of officers on patrol on the Maxfield Avenue when they responded to reports of gunfire shortly before midnight on Friday.
In making their way to the community, the officers were met with gunfire on Pretoria Road. The police defended themselves, but Constable Francis was shot. He later succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at hospital.
During the incident, one of the shooters, 28-year-old Shavaugh Johnson o/c 'Bunwaist' was also shot dead by the police, a release from the police high command said.
Speaking early this morning from the Hunt Bay Police Station, Commissioner Anderson, said the police remain resolute in their pursuit of criminals.
“This is not going to deter us. Each event like this just strengthens our resolve. We will fix this problem, but to do it, we will need the support of our public and various other arms of government to allow us to succeed. But we will continue to do what we have to do; this is not in any way going to stop us,” said commissioner Anderson.
The police commissioner also issued a warning to criminals in society that the police will continue to pursue them with the intensity and focus that has recently led to the capture or demise of a number of our most wanted men.
"The people out there who feel that this is the way they should go, understand that we will be coming for you; we will be looking for you, and we will do what we need to do to ensure that our country is safe,”said the police commissioner .
The Police Federation also responded and said members will send a strong message to criminals as they expressed outrage at yet another brutal killing of a police officer.
The Federation said the killing of Constable Francis while on duty must serve as a wake-up call to law abiding citizens that our country is in crisis when attacks are made on police officers in the lawful execution of their duty.
"The attacks on our members which has escalated in recent months shows the denigration of law and order in our society, a society that sees criminality as normal. Chairman of the Police Federation Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe said in a release.
" Police officers must defend themselves against these attacks using whatever force is necessary. We are sad but will not cower in fear, we have a sworn duty to protect our country and will use all resources to see justice done. The Federation is expressing condolences to the family of the slain police officer," said the Federation chairman.
Constable Francis’ killing brings to four the number of policemen who have died while on duty seeking to keep Jamaicans safe. He is the second member of the security forces to be killed in the line of duty this week, as JDF Private Reneil King was killed on Friday morning during a joint police-military narcotics operation in Clarendon.