The Police Federation has condemned the slaying of a young cop, 21 year old, Constable Brian Martin, who was attached to the St Andrew Central Division. 

When Sergeant Leon Fisher and Constable Kevin Lewars were called to duty in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on April 28, 2018 in St James, they had no idea they would be involved in a two-hour gun battle with Jamaica’s most wanted man, they also certainly did not know they would be given a Medal of Honour for Gallantry for taking down such a formidable opponent.

Sergeant Fisher and Constable Lewars were awarded on Monday during the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House in St Andrew.

Fisher gleefully expressed how shocked he was to learn that he was being given this prestigious award.

“I was happy, I wasn’t even sure. I had to make some calls to make sure it was happening,” he said.

Recalling the incident he said the most dominant thought running through his mind was not to die.

Despite being shot by Nico Samuels, the lawmen, along with his colleagues made the conscious decision to use their bodies as human shields to assist people, including an 18-month-old baby, out of the nearby apartments. Samuels was killed during the shoot-out.

Constable Lewars said that it feels good to know that the efforts that he and colleagues put in have been recognised.

When he spoke of the incident, the lawman stated that his training took over and he knew he would take action.

“When everything was happening, training took over. At the time one of the main things was to get Sergeant Fisher, who was shot and was bleeding, out of harm's way, but it took us a while because we were under fire,” he said.

“In the interim, we did what we had to do to repel the threat and it is just unfortunate that instead of giving up, this person decided he wanted to go out in a blaze of glory,” he added.

Sending a message to individuals who are thinking of joining the rank of the JCF, Lewars said: “The JCF is a noble organisation. It is rooted in tradition and we have some very exemplary persons serving, so don’t let it be a situation where you’re thinking of joining the JCF because you don’t have another option, join because you want to serve because it is a job to serve and protect and reassure the persons.”

Fisher and Lewars pledged to continue doing good work as they serve their country.

One of Jamaica's longest serving female members of Parliament, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia "Babsy" Grange, was presented with the Order of Jamaica at today's National Honours Investiture at King's House.  

Cabinet has approved the award of a contract to Ashtrom Building Systems Limited for the provision of housing solutions in Tower Hill, St. Andrew.

If Leonard Howell were alive, it is likely he would have been one of the stars of today's National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House. Considered by many the father of Rastafari, he died a forgotten man in 1981.

By Andrew Clunis

At the rate we are going, Jamaica will run out of condolences pretty soon. It has become one of the most overused words in the country to the point where it now has very little impact.

Thursday, 13 October 2022 13:21

Reject Barbarism, Get Back to Basics Jamaica

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Deon Green

By Deon P Green

London, England: There was a time in Jamaica when our fore parents were shackled, whipped raped and murdered.

King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6 in a ceremony that will embrace the past but look to the modern world after the 70-year reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Chairman of the CARICOM Council for National Security and Law Enforcement, Dr. Horace Chang, says the United States has given a commitment to the region that it will work towards stemming the flow of illegal firearms into the Caribbean.

Wanted man and recent lock-up escapee Rudolph ‘Boxer’ Shaw was killed in a confrontation with the police, a short while ago.

Another man, who was with Shaw at a guest house in St Andrew, was also killed. The police say two guns were seized following the incident and a woman has been arrested.

According to the police, detectives from the Constabulary’s Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, CTOC, tracked Shaw to a guest house off Molynes Road in St Andrew.

The police have been tracking Shaw since he escaped from custody at the Kingston Central lock up on Thursday.

According to reports, Shaw and the other man opened fire at the police when they swooped down on their location at the guest house. The police say Shaw and the other man were both shot and injured.

The police say a .45 pistol and a 9mm pistol were seized during the incident.

The woman who’s been taken into custody was reportedly in the company of the men at the time of the operation.

Shaw became St Catherine’s most wanted man following a series of murders in the St Catherine North Police Division earlier this year. He was allegedly the leader of the Wildlife Gang.

He reportedly fled the island while being pursued by the Joint Anti-Gang Task Force, however, he was deported back to Jamaica in July after being arrested in the Cayman Islands.

His escape from the Central Kingston lock-up this week prompted a high level investigation by the constabulary.

President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.