Adopt My Anti-crime Strategy And Watch The Difference: Bits And Pieces Is Not Enough…

Among the raft of sug­ges­tions I have pro­posed for tack­ling the crime epi­dem­ic in Jamaica are manda­to­ry min­i­mum sen­tences for cer­tain cat­e­go­ry of crimes as well as a full repeal of the INDECOM and Bail acts and a re-pas­sage of both laws with added com­po­nents which reflects the seri­ous­ness of the times in which we live.

Finally, parts of the Administration in Kingston are also call­ing for the very same things we have been advo­cat­ing across admin­is­tra­tions for the last decade or more.
A cou­ple of years ago I put togeth­er this plan which I updat­ed at the time the Parliament was debat­ing the ZOSO Act, since then there has not been much move­ment toward any of the bul­let points.
Well, now we have begun to see some crack­ing, at least some of the rhetoric com­ing from the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security tend to indi­cate that they are begin­ning to get it.

Whack-a-mole-crime Strategy

Either that, or there are moves afoot to pla­cate the police as they demand a liv­able wage. Which would sug­gest that the admin­is­tra­tion ful­ly appre­ci­ates and under­stand what needs to be done to stop this gal­lop­ing crime wave and make the job of the police more impact­ful?
On Sunday Holness acknowl­edged that INDECOM was hurt­ing law enforce­ment efforts, a point I have made sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly for the last sev­en years.

Montague

At the same con­fer­ence, Minister of National Security told sup­port­ers “We are mov­ing to tight­en our gun laws because in 84 per­cent of all crimes in Jamaica, the gun is present, and we don’t make guns in Jamaica. So we are going to tight­en the gun laws. And when I take a law to Parliament, I want you, the Labourites, to stand with us, and we will find out if the oth­er peo­ple dem a guh stand wid us, too, because every­thing we do that is good, dem oppose us.”

When I bring that bill to Parliament, we going to say, if you charge with a gun crime, no bail. No bail. Because so far this year, 143 Jamaicans have been mur­dered by men who are on bail for oth­er charges. With the new law, no bail. We going to put it into law that if you are caught with a gun, there will be a manda­to­ry min­i­mum sen­tence that you know when you get con­vict­ed, no fine. You going to tan a prison fi 15 – 20 years,” he told sup­port­ers.

I encour­age the admin­is­tra­tion to remove from the table those who pur­port to care about human rights.They offer zero solu­tions to the Island’s crime epi­dem­ic, nei­ther do they offer any help to the vic­tims of crime or those who sur­vive their mur­dered loved ones.
We must begin to see these peo­ple as the self-serv­ing vul­tures they are and dis­miss them cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly from the dis­cus­sion.
Human Rights and nation­al­ly secu­ri­ty are not a mutu­al­ly exclu­sive phe­nom­e­non, we can and must do both simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, it is not a zero-sum game.

The Thriving Business Of Crime In Jamaica, It’s Inception, And What It Will Take To Break It’s Back.

I con­tin­ue to implore the Government to move on this plan, the change in rhetoric on INDECOM, the National Identification law, and the Bail Act are encour­ag­ing steps but only a full and com­pre­hen­sive embrace of the strate­gies out­lined here will bring the desired results.

(1) Shore up the ports of entry, effec­tive­ly stop­ping the guns com­ing in illic­it­ly and hold those gains.

(2) Tactically cor­don the areas you want to search then go in with trained Dogs to find the weapons and arrest the mur­der­ers.

(3) Stagger where the secu­ri­ty forces go at any giv­en time, it should not be based sole­ly on the area with the high­est num­ber of killings.
By doing so you min­i­mize the like­li­hood that your next move can be antic­i­pat­ed.

(4) Remove from the Prime Minister the pow­er to decide where the secu­ri­ty forces go in the ZOSO.
It mat­ters not that the PM sup­pos­ed­ly acts on the advice of the Security Council.
This Act hyper politi­cizes polic­ing and gives the next par­ty to hold pow­er the abil­i­ty to engage in tit-for-tat using the secu­ri­ty forces to car­ry out their nefar­i­ous bid­ding.
As long as secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions are green-light­ed by politi­cians those oper­a­tions stand to be politi­cized.

(5) Stop grant­i­ng bail to accused mur­der­ers.

(6) Stop dem­a­gogu­ing the secu­ri­ty forces.
Use the air­waves to edu­cate the peo­ple about the ben­e­fits of adher­ing to the rule of law.

(7) Stop giv­ing the nation the impres­sion that effec­tive hard-nosed polic­ing which arrest crim­i­nals and places them in jail is anti­thet­i­cal to cit­i­zens human rights.
The great­est right a per­son has is the right to life. You have no right if you are dead, as such the coun­try must place it focus­es on remov­ing from its midst the mind­less killers and throw its sup­port behind law enforce­ment.

(8) Stop cor­rupt­ing pub­lic offi­cials, report police, and oth­er pub­lic offi­cials who ask for bribes.
Do not offer to bribe pub­lic offi­cials.

(9) Enact truth in sen­tenc­ing for cer­tain cat­e­gories of vio­lent crimes.
Mandatory 25 years to life for mur­der.
This is absolute­ly nec­es­sary since the nation’s lead­ers have decid­ed to go against the wish­es of the peo­ple and have declared a mora­to­ri­um on hang­ing.
Twenty years min­i­mum for any crimes com­mit­ted using a firearm.

(10) Look at the US Rico statute, and draft a law which mod­els that statute effec­tive­ly pros­e­cut­ing gang­sters as does the Rico Statute does.

(11) Institute a manda­to­ry National Identification pro­gram, law enforce­ment needs to be able to iden­ti­fy each and every Jamaican.

(12) Remove all polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence from law enforce­ment. What this admin­is­tra­tion is doing is even more polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence not less. Move the pletho­ra of human rights advo­cates from the table where nation­al secu­ri­ty is being dis­cussed.

(13) Repeal and replace the INDECOM Act.