Caribbean Federation Of Police Welfare Associations Strongly Condemns Recent Attacks On Police Officers In Jamaica


Caribbean Federation Of Police Welfare Associations (Cfpwa) Strongly Condemns Recent Attacks On Police Officers In Jamaica.


The Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) vehemently condemns the heinous attacks on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), particularly the tragic killing of Constable Ricardo Fairclough on April 15, 2024. Additionally, our hearts go out to another member who was shot and injured on April 17, 2024, while bravely attempting to prevent a brazen robbery.


The loss of Constable Ricardo Fairclough is not just a loss to his family and colleagues but a grievous blow to the entire law enforcement fraternity in the Caribbean. Constable Fairclough exemplified the dedication, bravery, and selflessness that are the hallmarks of our noble profession. His sacrifice will forever be remembered, and his commitment to keeping our communities safe will continue to inspire generations of police officers.


This brazen attack on law enforcement officers is not just an assault on individuals but an attack on the very fabric of our society. It is a stark reminder of the dangers that our officers face every day as they work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety and security of our citizens.


The CFPWA stands in solidarity with the JCF during this difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Constable Ricardo Fairclough. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the injured officer as he undergo treatment and recovery.


We firmly support the actions of the members of JCF whose swift and decisive actions already brought one of the perpetrators of this despicable act to justice. Such cowardly attacks on law enforcement officers cannot, will not and must never be tolerated. We urge the public to assist the police in their investigations and to stand united against all forms of violence and criminality.


In memory of Constable Ricardo Fairclough and in honour of all police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations reaffirms its unwavering commitment to supporting and advocating for the rights and welfare of police officers throughout the Caribbean region.


The CFPWA is questioning the absence of outcry from civil society in response to the recent attacks on two


  • police officers in Jamaica in less then 72 hours. Civil society plays a crucial role in advocating for justice, accountability, and the protection of human rights. Yet, in the face of such blatant acts of violence against those sworn to protect and serve, their silence is deafening.


We call upon civil society organizations, community leaders, and the wider public to raise their voices in condemnation of this cowardly attack and to stand in solidarity with law enforcement officers. The safety and security of our communities depend on the bravery and dedication of our police force, and it is incumbent upon all of us to support them in their mission.


The lack of outcry from civil society not only undermines the morale of our law enforcement officers but also sends a dangerous message that violence against our members is acceptable or insignificant. We urge civil society to recognize the gravity of this issue and do not sit on the sideline when police officers are killed.


Together, let us reaffirm our commitment to a society where the rule of law is upheld, where those who serve and protect are honoured and respected, and where acts of violence against law enforcement officers are met with the strongest condemnation from all sectors of society.

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