Jamaica’s chief Prosecutor Paula Llewellyn:
Criminals walk free because witnesses cannot be found, Really? where the hell can anyone hide where it is impossible to find them. How can a prosecutor take a murder case to court solely on a witness statement, particularly knowing how witnesses are tampered with? Are we to believe that the Director of Public Prosecution did not know that this case was not ready for trial before filing charges? So Kartel walks on that charge. What happen to the victim’s families ? Who look after their interest?
I believe the DPP’s time has come, she should resign in the public interest. Criminals have the best lawyers doing everything in their power to get them out of jail, decent law-abiding citizens should have a fighting chance to get criminals off the streets. In the 1980’s Jamaica saw crime tamping down when compared to the tumultuous 70’s, at the time many people berated the police force, they talked about police being unable to speak standard English, police officers were ridiculed as mere big-foot peasants.
As I pointed out in previous blog posts, I was offended when we were called to investigate one matter or another and some woman in upper Saint Andrew would ask me “where were you trained”? They simply did not believe there were any cops capable of speaking anything but patios(patwa). Incidentally today, there is a big push to have everyone in Jamaica speaking patios the reason for that is lost on me but I will leave that alone. It seem however that now arguably there are more educated people in the force, the commissioner of police has both a bachelors and a masters degree in business administration. Many of the officers in the top echelons have graduate degrees from the University of the West Indies and other institutions of higher learning.
In 1991 when I departed the force after a decade of hard work, the department was solving over 70% of serious crimes, not perfect, but better than the debatable 30% clear-up of similar offences today. Even as the force claims they are clearing up 30% of serious crimes, they are registering a lowly 5% conviction rate from that 30%, and even then some of that measly 5% are overturned on appeal.
So what’s missing? Well educated people make better cops right? Well clearly not exactly so in Jamaica. It seem that the people in the force are just cooling their heels because they cannot find employment in the field they want. So they take no risks , they do not go the extra mile , hence crime is where it is.
I believe Jamaica , a country steeped in a vicious caste system, is realizing that degrees are not panaceas to everything. So even as they have cops who can speakie spokeie now, crime is on the rise as the proverbial Phoenix . Cops have degrees in culinary skills are promoted to Superintendent, not sure how that helps the Jamaican tax-payers, many of whom cannot buy food.
As most real cops insist, policing Jamaican streets and gullies requires a special breed, many of us left because we saw this disconnect coming. The jury is still out on how our country will fare with these (stush taparanis) elitists as their police officers.
May God help Jamaica, at least their officers can speak standard English now.