The High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) mourns the loss of Constable Ricardo Fairclough, who was fatally shot in the line of duty on the evening of April 15, 2024, along Bravo Street in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann.

In a heartfelt message to the Force, Police Commissioner, Dr. Kevin Blake, conveyed his condolences, “…. to SSP Powell and his team in St. Ann for the loss of one of our valued officers; Constable Ricardo Fairclough. He was shot and killed by a coward who has no contribution to make to society. While we cannot bring back Constable Fairclough, we owe it to his family, friends, and colleagues to ensure that our response is swift and strong.”

Commissioner Blake further emphasized the resolve of the JCF in response to such violent acts, declaring, “Let our response send a clear message to those who may want to contemplate violence against us that it is not wise.”

Constable Fairclough was a dedicated member of the St. Ann’s Bay Police Station. He valiantly intervened during a shooting incident where a local vendor, was severely injured. Despite his efforts, Constable Fairclough succumbed to his injuries, and the woman remains in critical condition.

The High Command strongly condemns this senseless violence and the despicable act committed against a dedicated officer and a citizen. We are fully committed to a diligent investigation to apprehend and bring the perpetrator to justice.

The High Command recognises the bravery and sacrifice of Constable Fairclough and extends condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. This tragic event fortifies our resolve to safeguard our communities and ensure that such acts of violence are met with the full force of the law.

The JCF urges anyone with information about this incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation by calling Crime Stop at 311, Police Emergency at 119, the NIB Tip Line at 811 or your nearest police station.