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Physically Challenged Cops Return to Active Duty

Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from the Jamaica Gleaner, August 4, 2006.

Port Antonio, Portland: Visually-impaired Detective Constable Rohan Brown was officially welcomed back to active police duty during a ceremony held in Portland this week.

Chairman of the Police Federation, Corporal Raymond Wilson, said the reinstatement of the detective constable was one way of proving that the federation has the highest regard for officers who are injured and have become disabled in the line of duty.

He said the federation believes that disabled officers still have a part to play as law enforcement officers.

A First

"It is a special day for us as members of the Police Federation," he said. "It is the first time that a blind officer is being reinstated to active duty in Jamaica. We have to thank Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas, who played an integral part in his reinstatement, based on the recommendation made by him to the Services Commission."

Constable Brown was injured in a road accident in 1995 while travelling in a police service vehicle on the Mandela Highway. The injury left him partially blind and, although undergoing treatment in Cuba, the constable lost his sight in 1997. He will be assigned to the Port Antonio Police Station, Criminal Investigative Branch (CIB), to a desk job with his personal computer.

Shot While on Duty

Corporal Wilson also welcomed back Constable Calvin Cargill, who is physically challenged, to active duty. The constable was shot while on duty in Clarendon in 2003 and was left paralyzed. He, however, regained movement in the upper body after undergoing surgery. He, too, will be stationed in Port Antonio.

In the meantime, both officers expressed gratitude to the Police Federation and the Police Commissioner for resurrecting their careers. Despite their disabilities, both officers have pledged to carry out quality work which will enhance the performance and capability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.