More cops being attacked at home

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington

KINGSTON — Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says that a trend has emerged where members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, past and present, are more frequently being attacked at home.

Ellington late last night said this development must be recognised by members of the JCF and “firmly pushed back”.

“I urge heightened alertness and anticipation sufficient to deny the evil minority among us any opportunity to launch successful attacks,” Ellington said in a statement.

“Be assured of the full backing of the Police High Command and from me personally whenever you act swiftly and with precision in thwarting any violent attack upon your person, whether on the job or off duty. We have seen enough of these violent criminal attacks on our own, to understand that the evil forces have declared war on us.”

The commissioner’s statement came in the wake of the brutal killing of Detective Sergeant Courtney Simpson of the Protective Services Division.

Simpson was ambushed and shot multiple times by armed criminals as he entered his Harbour View home last night.

Neighbours assisted Simpson to the Kingston Public Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

“Those who carried out this brutal and cowardly act of murder on our colleague must know that they have drawn the attention of a bold courageous and determined body of brave people who will leave no stone unturned to find and bring them to justice,” Ellington said. (Observer)

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