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    • Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, has strongly condemned the murder of Police Constable Orville Preddie, a 10-year member of the Force.
    • Constable Preddie was brutally slain by gunmen in the Asia community late last night.
    • The National Security Minister said the police will not be deterred by this attack on its membership and will maintain their increased presence throughout the Season.

    Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, has strongly condemned the murder of Police Constable Orville Preddie, a 10-year member of the Force attached to the Asia Police Station in Manchester, and the second policeman to die at the hands of gunmen this year.

    Constable Preddie was brutally slain by gunmen in the Asia community late last night. It is reported that he was one of several patrons at a shop when about five armed men entered and ordered occupants to lie on the ground, where they were searched and robbed.

    Responding to reports that the gunmen discovered Constable Preddie’s Police identification card and then proceeded to shoot him in the head, the Minister said, “It is clear that Constable Preddie lost his life due to his occupation and indicative of the risks and sacrifices our law enforcement officers face while serving and protecting this nation.”

    Minister Bunting noted that it is particularly sad for his family and associates to lose him in this Yuletide Season.

    He has expressed his deepest condolences to Constable Preddie’s widow and children, his community, and his colleagues in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

    The National Security Minister said the police will not be deterred by this attack on its membership and will maintain their increased presence throughout the Season.

    This incident is a sober reminder that notwithstanding encouraging reductions in crime this year, there is still much to be done to achieve a safe and secure environment.

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