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MONTEGO BAY — The nation's senior cops have been praised for displaying exemplary leadership in the fight against crime.

State Minister for National Security, Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Police Officers’ Association (POA) in Runaway Bay, St. Ann on August 18, said there are clear signals that police officers have applied new levels of professionalism to the challenging task at hand.

He urged them to continue their hard work, identify areas of weakness and develop measures to address these, and in executing their duties, they must treat all citizens fairly and equally under the law.

"Quite frankly, many of our problems will not go away overnight but with your determination and hard work, the best results can be achieved," Dr. Bartlett stated.

Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, also commended the officers for continuing to perform and achieve results even in the most challenging of circumstances.

"Everything that is happening out there in society, points to a situation where leadership could be challenged and the realization of objectives would be difficult if not impossible. But, you have managed to achieve successes under these circumstances, which is a signal statement about your character as leaders, about your strength, about your commitment to what you are doing, and the capacity you have to deliver in difficult circumstances," he stated.

The POA represents members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) from the rank of Assistant Superintendent to Commissioner.