There is a large number of merciless killers walking around on the streets of Jamaica. For all intents and purposes, they are no longer worried about the police.
Technically speaking, this Administration has all but neutered the police. In one of the most shameful and disrespectful displays ever, as it relates to a Governing body and one of its Agencies, this administration all but made it clear it did not like the police.
I sincerely doubt whether that level of disrespect could fly anywhere in the world except Jamaica, without a shutdown of the country and a massive exodus from the service.
Unfortunately, before the Prime Minister and his cabal decided to be outright disdainful of the police, through their words and deeds, a‑la (glorified security guards) they knew full well that the police would do nothing, no matter the disrespect meted out to them.
The nation’s police service is the institution which has the responsibility to enforce the laws. The Military is for war. The idea that members of the Military are disciplined and therefore better suited to do policing is the epitome’ of ignorance.
And so it follows therefore that the very rationale for the Militarization of the public service is an endeavor built on a farcical premise.
The notion that somehow, Jamaica’s military is more disciplined than the cops plainly chooses to ignore a few really important facts.
(1) Soldiers (previously) had far fewer interactions with members of the public as police officers do.
(2) Disciplinary issues between the members of the Military are handled internally.
(3) There are (4) four times as many cops as there are soldiers, so complaints against the police are going to be exponentially higher based on those numbers alone.
(4) Most soldiers live(d) in underserved communities with the criminals, and are not seen as a threat to their activities.
(5) Many soldiers are actively engaged in the criminal conduct that civilian criminals are engaged in.
(6) Police officers previously were reluctant to arrest members of the JDF even when they were caught breaking the laws.
(7) Even when caught, they were generally turned over to the JDF and things are kept under wraps.
(8) Jamaica is a lawless country deemed to be 84% corrupt, cops are not ever going to be popular in a country with that degree of corruption.
(9) Taken wholly, with other characteristics, it is understandable that they would have more street creds than the cops.
But the issue is not really about street cred, who is more respected or even who is feared. This is about how the Holness Administration has summarily decided to militarize the Island’s public services and openly humiliating and disrespecting career police officers.
This has drawn strong condemnation from certain sections of the political opposition. One overzealous person likened the Prime Minister to Adolph Hitler, a characterization I am sure she regrets, but probably lacks the character and humility to withdraw, and issue a full-throated apology.
Some people are harshly critical of my views on this subject of the Prime, even though my views on the Jamaican Prime Minister are far less caustic than those of Crystal Tomlinson of the PNPYO.
Not all of the criticisms of me as it relates to the Prime Minister come from partisan Laborites. So it would be foolish of me to simply brush aside those concerns and criticisms without addressing them head-on.
The Pm is doing a pretty good job on the economy, not so good on the corruption front.
That does not mean that he himself is involved in malfeasance. Nevertheless, he promised in his inauguration speech, that there would be zero tolerance for corruption in his administration. His promises have not kept pace with reality.
As someone who supported his candidacy, no one is more disappointed at the approach Andrew Holness brought to the Prime Minister’s office on the issue of crime.
Holness’ tone and tenor toward the police and the rule of law have been dismissive and downright disrespectful. His world-view could only have been shaped at the nation’s largest Institution of higher learning, a smoldering cauldron of socialist antipathy toward Conservative values and the rule of law.
So even though Andrew Holness now heads the party of the late greats, Sir Alexander Bustamante’, Sir Donald Burns Sangster, the Honorable Hugh Lawson Shearer, and even Edward Phillip George Seaga, He is a [carbon cut-out of Bruce Golding], rather than a continuation of the Labor Party greats on the rule of law.
Andrew Holness has some ideas of the Labor Party’s past Conservative values, the last of which was evident under Edward Seaga, but he lacks the fundamental understanding of what it takes to fully activate those values for the betterment of the country and a lasting period of prosperity for the Jamaican people.
Simply put, when it comes to dealing with crime, Andrew Holness is a lightweight and an abysmal failure like the PNP Prime Ministers before who walked the very same corridors the late (Wilmott Perkins labeled the Intellectual ghetto).
” We will all soon be dead, unless someone finally ensures that those who kill buck upon something that says no more” a local School Principal laments the death of one of his students, killed and dumped in bushes like a piece of garbage.
Instead of fighting the murderers in Jamaica Holness has decided he wants to fight the police.
He started off by spreading the narrative that if we want to fix crime we must first fix the police.
Then they empower antagonist INDECOM’s boss the hyper-partisan Terrence Williams to persecute. This started a both-ends leak in the JCF. (1) they can no longer meet recruitment targets, and (2) people are racing to the exits to find greener pastures in the CARICOM region and beyond.
There is not much they can do to force people into the JCF but they have darn sure tried to stop them from leaving by creating new unconstitutional policies which criminalize cops who leave without giving (6) months advance notice that they intend to leave.
Not only are the better people not willing to stick around for the nonsense, but they are also now attracting candidates who are criminals.
So the idea of fixing the force becomes an abstraction and so they can blame the crime epidemic on the police. Checkmate .… right?
None of this was necessary, what was required was a respectful approach, beginning with paying the officers a living wage. Creating retentive strategies which incentivize education, valor, service, honest and productivity.
By creating a merit-based system which rewards good work and the right attitude you begin the process of weeding out the deadwood. Right away you plug the attrition dike on the back end, while on the front end having to hold the gate from assault as the best qualified, most suitable candidates would be beating down the doors to enter.
The approach taken by this administration has increased the challenges to the police, created more lawlessness and ultimately increased crime.
No amount of SOE’s and ZOSO’s can cure this for the government.
This wrong-headed approach influenced by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and the long line of anti-police hate groups roaming around on the Island, [some paid with taxpayers funds] will continue to increase murders and other violent crimes.
The criminal underworld is watching and they are loving what is happening, the police no longer present a credible threat to their operations.
The Government may just come out and say it supports the criminals because whether it knows it or not it does.