Thank you, po­lice!

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: FROM TIME to time, we hear peo­ple curs­ing off the po­lice for the cor­rupt ac­tions that a few of them may do, and rightly so, I sup­pose. How­ever, it is not very of­ten that I hear peo­ple thank­ing them when they (col­lec­tively) do their jobs right. I haven’t re­ally heard many thanks go­ing their way dur­ing th­ese test­ing

times of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Of course, mem­bers of the po­lice force aren’t the only first re­spon­ders or crit­i­cal work­ers that we have to rely on. We have our doc­tors, nurses, fire­fight­ers and oth­ers who leave their homes to en­sure that the rest of us are safe.

How­ever, our po­lice, the ma­jor­ity of whom, I know, are good, are among those who de­serve spe­cial thanks.

When the may­hem was go­ing on in the western sec­tions of Kingston and then in Mon­tego Bay and the western sec­tions of Jamaica, our po­lice­men and women were the ones who were putting their lives at risk to save ours and re­store or­der.

Now, with Hur­ri­cane Matthew caus­ing hell for many, th­ese same of­fices have put their lives at risk again, not only from the hur­ri­cane, but also from those who want to loot. Many of us find it too easy to for­get that, like us, they, too, have fam­i­lies, fam­i­lies that they have to leave be­hind so that ours can be safe. How­ever, added to th­ese haz­ards, they have to, many times, face the bul­lets of those who would want to cause ad­di­tional havoc.

So, in ad­di­tion to our other es­sen­tial work­ers, if no one has come out and thanked our brave po­lice­men and women, I just want them to know that their ef­forts have not gone un­no­ticed. Thank you, Of­fi­cers! MICHAEL A. DING­WALL michael_a_d­ing­wall@ hot­ Kingston

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