The Jamaican Police Force

November 15, 2005 at 2:59 pm 8 comments

I have now been back in Jamaica for 1 year and 2 months. I have had a car for approximately 10 months of that time.

During that period, I have been stopped by the police 5 times.

Occasion 1 – driving out to the Kingston airport, they were doing a regular check. Everything in order and sent on my way.

Occasion 2 – Driving to Mandeville with a friend. I overtook on an unbroken white line (oops) and got pulled over. Got told off and sent on my way with no consequences – nice man!

Occasion 3 – Driving with a friend on the south coast. We’d been at the beach and were both wearing bikini tops. Hmmm. Got pulled over by police men who were doing checks for ‘Dangerous Drugs, Stolen Motor Vehicles, Illegal Weapons and Single Ladies.’ As there were none of those in the car, we were eventually allowed to go on our way. That is, after we turned down offers of an escort and opportunities to meet up later in the evening.

Occasion 4 – I was driving in a very busy area (Crossroads) and turned into a little road to get something and came back out again. And I was stopped – apparently it was a one-way road… despite the fact that there were no signs. So the police man asked me what I could do for him. and you know what that means. So I stayed calm and gave him my British drivers license – ha. He can’t give me points on that. If was in the wrong fine, but he ain’t getting money from me. So eventually he says he needs a phone number for me so that he can let me know about how to sort out my offense. I gave him my office number and got a call the next day asking when we could meet up.

Occasion 5 – I was stopped last night. The police man claimed I’d come through a red light. Then he changed his mind and said it was amber – it was green!!!! Anyway, once again, my papers were checked and my marital status was enquired about. When I politely turned down the marriage offer I was allowed to go on my way.

Things I have learnt from these events:
1. Police men always look very disappointed when you have your papers in order – less chance for them to get some money!
2. Police men are apparently desperate to get married.
3. Police men are scared to press for money when you look white / light brown – they are scared you have connections in high places!
4. Much as it hurts me, you have to be polite to them. After all, they have your drivers license and they have a gun.
5. Police men like bikinis.

I have also had my house broken into once and my car stolen once this year – and on neither occasion were the police anywhere to be seen.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Guyana-Gyal  |  November 15, 2005 at 5:11 pm

    Methinks policemen like you 😀

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  • 2. owen  |  November 15, 2005 at 5:41 pm

    so your car got stolen, did you get it back? what type of car was it?

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  • 3. Kingston Girl  |  November 16, 2005 at 8:19 am

    my car was a toyota corolla and has never been seen again!

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  • 4. Serendipity  |  November 17, 2005 at 12:25 am

    I too have had similar experiences with the police- always as a lone driver. When will it ever change?

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  November 17, 2005 at 11:42 am

    Talking about Jamaican Police force I think they need to do something about these homeless boys/junkies who harass people wanting to clean your windsheild at all cost- they become pretty dangerous at nite here’s the email I got from a friend today
    > > > Subject: RE: Trafalgar Road – be careful!
    > > > Team:
    > > > I felt compelled to share with you all that last night my friend was taking her mother home just after eight, and
    was
    > > > stopped at the lights at the intersection of Upper Waterloo Road and
    > > > Shortwood road in a line of traffic when a coke-head came up to the
    > > > car and
    > > > started stabbing her mother with a broken bottle while saying “give me
    > > > some
    > > >
    > >money, give me some money”. She was unable to drive off as cars were in
    > > > front of and behind her. Her mother was stabbed repeatedly in the face
    > > > –
    > > > luckily her eyes were not damaged.
    > > > The passenger window was down just about half way so please ensure
    > > > that you
    > > > drive with windows and doors locked at all times – double check that
    > > > your
    > > > back windows are up especially if you carried a passenger.
    > > > Thankfully, a plastic surgeon came out at about 1a.m. and removed the
    > > > pieces
    > > > of glass from her face and stitched the wounds so she should mend
    > > > well. She
    > > > is still in pain but resting much more comfortably.
    > > > Please remember her in your prayers.
    > > > Be safe,
    > > > Debbie

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  • 6. De Immigrant  |  November 17, 2005 at 11:37 pm

    Kingston Girl, yu lucky; I had a continious attempt at breaking in (about a year ago)at a house in Hope Pastures, called Matilda’s Corner station 10 minutes down the road, the cops took 3 and a half hours to come!!
    By that time de tief done give up an gaan bout ‘im business long time! Aparently they were avoiding confrontation with the young man in case he was armed and had other cohorts in waiting.

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  • 7. CoolDestiny  |  November 19, 2005 at 11:01 pm

    You have brought out memories which I think I will post about!

    Reply
  • 8. Guyana-Gyal  |  November 22, 2005 at 4:30 pm

    This post got mentioned in Global Voices. ..I’ll come back later with the link.

    Reply

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