Senior cop remembered for dedicated service
Retired Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams was among scores of senior police officers and dignitaries who attended the thanksgiving service of the late Senior Superintendent of Police Dermont Lawrence that was held at the King's Seventh-day Adventist Church in Montego Bay on Sunday.
Friends, colleagues and loved ones remembered the senior cop as an honest man, perfectionist, and a good neighbour whose life touched many persons at home and abroad.
"Death is a timely stop on the path that each of us travels. Our time will eventually come. We may not know when and we may not know how, leave the judgement to God," chairman of the Police Officer's Association, Superintendent Catherine Lord, said. "There are no words which will fix the situation or take away this devastating grief."
She noted that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was a lifetime commitment for Lawrence, who gave 37 years of dedicated service as a crime fighter, and she also encouraged the family to take comfort in his legacy of service to Jamaica.
"Be comforted by the fact that he gave exemplary service, service above self, so that all of us could look forward to a better Jamaica," said Lord.
"Dermont was an outstanding neighbour and friend, he was very inclusive," Garfield Williams, president of the Bogue Village Citizens Association, added.
Lawrence is believed to have committed suicide after his lifeless body was found hanging by a piece of rope from the ceiling of his home on Friday, July 20.
At the time of his death, Lawrence was responsible for administration at Area One of the JCF.
"SSP Lawrence is the type of person who every assistant commissioner of police would want to have in his area as the administrative officer," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake.
Since joining the JCF in 1981, Lawrence served as commanding officer for the Westmoreland and Hanover police divisions, and before those postings, he would have served in various capacities in St Ann, Trelawny and St Andrew Central.