However, said Jackson, Jamaicans must be concerned about the blatant attempt to politically brand the police force by the ‘greening’ of the supplies, which is inconsistent with the established colours of the JCF.
Mr. Jackson says the Opposition objects strongly to the introduction of these green bikes in the fight against crime and warns that their presence would immediately compromise the neutrality and impartiality of the force.
The PNP’s Shadow Minister said he has communicated the Opposition’s disapproval to the Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang and emphasized to him that the branded green bikes could transmit the appearance of a police service being complicit with partisan politics in the eyes of the public.
“We are calling for the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and civil society to lend their voices on the issue to ensure that the JCF’s appearance as a neutral and impartial organization is not compromised in any way in our crime fighting efforts,” Mr Jackson said.
The Shadow Minister of National Security said the PNP will not accept these “green bikes” in the fight against crime; especially so because the country has had a long history of accusations of politically motivated killings, dating back to the days of the notorious Eradication Squad, which has since been disbanded.
Mr Jackson said he has rejected the explanation from Minister Chang that the colour was determined by the JCF for “high visibility.” He said there are many other colours which could have given the police high visibility, and at the same time maintain the neutrality of the Force.
This is nothing but a flagrant attempt to politicize the operations of the JCF with the introduction of green bikes, which is the political colour of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party. This kind of irresponsible ploy does not fit in our bipartisan effort to resolve the high crime rates that have beset the country for decades, with last year’s data being the highest since the data collection era begun.
The JCF has long-standing colours for uniforms, cars and bikes, and we urge the authorities to remain consistent with those colours.
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