Cops urged to get help
The Police High Command is urging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who may be suffering from stress-related challenges to seek help.
In a statement issued a day after a senior superintendent of police was found dead at his home in St James, the High Command said it is 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."
The High Command has also expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Senior Superintendent Dermot Lawrence, the senior cop who is believed to have committed suicide.
Senior Superintendent Dermot Lawrence
Lawrence was found hanging by a piece of rope from the ceiling of his Mango Valley home near Montego Bay, St James shortly after 7.30 p.m, on Friday. He was in charge of administration at the Area One headquarters in Montego Bay.
"We mourn the loss of SSP Lawrence, whose work ethic and discipline were a blueprint of excellence in policing. His 37 years of distinguished service to the Force and country spanned postings across multiple geographic divisions, which have benefited enormously from his input," the High Command said.