Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, is calling for a monument to be erected in the National Heroes Park to honour the service given to the country by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who have passed on.
Rowe made the call while paying tribute to police Sergeant Roland Mattis who passed away on November 13.
Thanksgiving service to honour the life of Mattis, who lost his battle to cancer, was held at the Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist in Mandeville, Manchester on Sunday. The sergeant was 41-years-old.
Rowe described his dearly departed colleague as fearless, firm, no-nonsense and the epitome of a police officer.
“We renew our call for a monument to be erected in the National Heroes Park to honour our fallen. Sergeant Mattis’ children must be able to visit the Heroes Park to find their father’s name and lay a wreath in remembrance of him,” Rowe said.
Mattis was the head of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and was also a member of the Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams-led Crime Management Unit where he was known to be a tough crime-fighter.
He was one of 43 members of the constabulary who died in 2019. Of that number 35 died of natural causes.