Police in the Island of Jamaica have all but conceded that they are unable to deal with the monster of crime in that country.
There are significant signs that the police department and the inept government have no clue how to arrest the crime problem, (no pun intended).
Yesterday in these blogs we discussed some issues we feel are key in understanding why police officers fabricate evidence to gain convictions. We will not re-litigate that blog what we will do is talk about what seem evident to those who are interested in knowing.
Assistant commissioner of Police Elan Powell
Yesterday we featured this man assistant Commissioner of Police Elan Powell in charge of crime in Jamaica. Assistant Commissioner Powell is a good man who loves his job, he means well. Both Powell and Senior Superintendent Wilford Gayle directly involved in criminal Investigations are two protegé of the Constant Spring CIB under the tutelage of Noel Asphall and Rudolph Dwyer. Dwyre a superb investigator who oversaw crime and Noel Asphall a towering teddy-bear who could get the laziest of the lazy to work for free through motivation. Your blogger benefitted greatly from having being part of that office, and was privileged to play a part in keeping crime in check in our area of influence. There are many more unsung heroes who will never be rewarded or remembered because they do not fit the narrow prism of what cops are supposed to be these days in Jamaica.
The following is a transcript from the Gleaner one of Jamaica’s daily publications.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has released chilling statistics and we are still in the middle of the second month of the year. The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) weekly crime statistics indicate that up to February 11, last year, the homicide figures stood at 114. There have been 137 cases of murder for the corresponding period this year. The crime statistics further suggested that gang violence has been the motive behind the violent killing of at least 50 persons. The gun has been used in more than 100 of the reported cases of homicides. Last month, 104 persons were murdered, while up to yesterday, close to 40 have been killed since the beginning of February.
Most dangerous places
According to the statistics, the most dangerous places at the moment are in the St Catherine North Police Division where more than 25 persons have been killed.(jamaicagleaner.com)
Here’s what this means folks, over the corresponding period last year less Jamaicans have been killed than this year. As a pragmatist I promise you I will not over complicate this issue. Irrespective what the police and the government tell you these numbers reveals a striking tale. That tale is that this government attracts criminality as flies follows feces.
As I have said on so many occasions this government is seen as a coddler of criminals. I opined that this government aligned itself with criminals whilst in opposition. As the opposition party they voted not to allow the security forces to continue with their momentum in pursuit of criminals after Christopher Coke was routed from Tivoli Gardens. There were no dissenters, they voted as a unitary block.
This I thought was a treasonous act which should have been punishable with banishment from representational politics. Jamaicans being who they are voted them into office.
Of course the conventional wisdom on the street is that The People’s National Party then in opposition, could not allow the police to consolidate their gains as they have significantly more garrison communities than the then government of the Jamaica Labor Party.
The story the PNP which now forms the government gave for not supporting the security forces is scandalous, quote: “We do not want the security forces to violate the rights of citizens”. So they sided with the criminals !!!!
Powell reportedly told the Gleaner, a mouthpiece for the Government that , quote”We are facing some trying times and all of us will have to bond together with our effort. With this collaboration, we should get on top of things,” Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).(jamaicagleaner.com)
Spanish Town is exceptionally challenging and I am appealing to the mothers, the sisters and girlfriends to come forward and talk to us. It is going to take all hands on deck to ensure success,” Powell told The Gleaner.
This is a SOS folks:
Assistant commissioner Powell still a friend, clearly is signalling a “SOS”. That is a distress call for help. I have long maintained that Police and government cannot acquiesce to criminal rights groups. I have long written that the rule of law must be sacrosanct. I have long argued that the rule of law must be the foundation that any society is built on. After the rule of law has been established as a cornerstone, then society must move to make sure that the rights of individuals are protected. Not the reverse.
Percival James Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller have mortgaged the security of Jamaica on the altar of cheap political gamesmanship and vote-getting. Groups like Jamaicans for Justice which argue that their mandate is to ensure citizens rights, have over the years thrown their support to criminals at the expense of the law enforcement community. As a result they have lost the support of a lot of ordinary Jamaicans, seen as just another criminal coddling entity in the country. This group in particular has been given carte blanch in helping to shape national security policy. The result is the Police begging for mercy from Jamaica’s urban terrorists.
Let me just say this, Assistant Commissioner Powell well-intentioned though he may be, is a supporter of the party in Government . He most certainly will be promoted before they are removed from office even if they are only allowed a single term. This suggest Powell and some close to him, have a bright future in the JCF . The problem with that is that it offers a dim future for Jamaica.
Powell and others came to prominence as the way forward for the JCF. The country was told that the police is a para-militar force that must be modernized, that we agreed with. What we do not agree with is that the JCF should be made into a paper tiger that is reduced to begging criminals to behave
PS: Assistant Commissioner Powell and I passed the accelerated Examinations together, we worked together at Constant Spring. Powell was a guy who loved the Office , I loved removing criminals from the streets. I knew where they lived , I knew where they dined, I knew where they slept, I knew where they procreate, I caught them where they procreate.
“Shottas” love sex and that is where I caught them, where their girls lived.
Powell stayed I left.