When a slain officer in Jamaica did not get the customary 21-gun salute during his official funeral and thanksgiving service, heads rolled.
Corporal Oliver Mullin who served over 15 years in the police service was killed by gunmen while responding to a call on October 20. But at his official funeral service, there was no salute.
Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson said he is awaiting a report as to who should take the blame for the failure.
He said once that person is pinpointed, that member or member will be disciplined. His exact words were “swift corrective action” against the person(s).
The commissioner said he was displeased, in an email sent to members of the police force, with what was clearly a “glaring omission which he described as letting down the slain officer, his family, and the JCF which he served for 15 years before being killed by gunmen while responding to a call on Third Street in Trench Town, St Andrew on Thursday, October 20,”.
But there’s still no definitive date on when exactly the report to the commissioner can be expected, as the head of the Constabulary Communications Unit (CCU), Senior Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay, could not provide a deadline for the report ordered by Major General Anderson.
“There was no firing party, so the commissioner is asking the person who is responsible for the organization (of the funeral) to respond to the breakdown. He was not satisfied that that very critical component was not there. We have a protocol and there are a couple of things that should be done in a prescribed format and order, especially when a member dies in the line of duty,” SSP Lindsay told reporters in Jamaica.
The 21-gun salute, executed by seven persons firing three volleys, usually at intervals of one minute, is considered to be one of the highest tributes to a slain officer or head of a country.