At the risk of adding credibility to the PNP or Peter Phillips the Party’s leader on the issue of crime, I too would like to know what is the delay in implementing the first installment of the Government’s much-hyped zones of special operations.
Though chagrined that Phillips and his party would be critical of the other party’s response to crime his comments are in no way less true, just hypocritical coming from him.
“It sign now almost one month if you want to measure it in time; but if you want to measure it in lives, is almost a 100 lives or more and nothing done. This would suggest that the whole passage of the law and the urgency and everything was just a face card,” the opposition leader contended.(jamaicaobserver.com).
Neither Phillips nor his cohorts in the PNP have credibility on this issue. The PNP has been in government for much of the time that crime began its steady climb to its current state.
In that time the very same people including Peter Phillips, Portia Simpson Miller, Omar Davies, and the other deplorables have had the option of (a) instituting mechanisms to eliminate the crime scourge from the Island, (b) do nothing or (c) aid the growth of crime.
The party chose (c) to aid the growth of crime.
It is in that vein that Peter Phillips’ assessment must be viewed, as purely hypocritical and self-serving.
Having said that the question still remains.
What’s holding up the implementation of the first zone of special operations the Government has hyped, will begin reducing serious crimes?
Peter Phillips’ comment that the Special Zones law is a face card is not too far removed from my own comments regarding this law.
On the 20th of July, I said that the special zones law was a sick joke and I wasn’t laughing.
It does not require much thinking to figure out that if a specific area is flooded with law enforcement professionals crime will trend down in that area.
It’s not only cynical but insulting for the Prime Minister and others who support this farcical law to contend that it will lower crime in any meaningful way.
Will it lower crime wherever there is a large contingent of cops and soldiers for a while?
That would be a relatively safe bet.
Will crime go up someplace else on the Island?
That would be a safe bet yes as well.
After the security forces were finally allowed by the government to go into Tivoli Gardens and return some semblance of the rule of law to that set-aside community, criminals fled to other parts of the country with their guns.
The rise in serious crimes in once peaceful parishes like Hanover, Trelawny, and Portland did not happen in a vacuum.
For its part, the police have stridently maintained that the rampant shedding of blood may be laid at the feet of lotto-scammers.
Much of that is true but many of those who are doing the killings are transplants from Tivoli Gardens and other parts of West Kingston, having fled the onslaught of the security forces in 2010 and established connections in those parishes.
I can hope that the administration in Jamaica house is coming to its senses, recognizing that what it has proposed will be as effective as pouring water into a basket.
But that would be stupid of me, when was the last time a Jamaican politician sought to correct a wrong or concede that maybe a plan they set in motion is a bad plan?
Here are some simple reasons this idea cannot work in the long run.
The police force is grossly understaffed and getting worse by the day.It is under equipped. Added to that officers are overworked, underpaid, and unsupported by Government in literally every category in which they need to be supported.
Pulling whatever amount of cops from wherever they are stationed to plug a so called special zone will disrupt operational readiness and capability in the places from which they are pulled.
With heavily armed criminals emigrating from those special zones to other areas, police in those areas in which they decide to set up shop will come under increased pressure to keep a lid on criminal activities in the areas these migrating criminals decide to set up shop.
It’s like plugging a hole in a weak levy, another breach will simply pop up in the next weakest area.
Of all the cynical self-serving things Jamaican politicians have done this has got to rate at the very top of the list.
Hatching a plan to place police officers and members of the military into tough lawless inner city communities and then openly lecture them not to kill anyone has got to be the most disgustingly brazen attempt a politician can make at setting up the police to fail while avoiding blame when trouble comes.
There is no person who can lawfully tell a police officer acting in the lawful execution of his duties that he should not kill anyone.
Good police officers do not go out intending to harm anyone. They go out placing their lives on the line to protect others they do not know.
It is for that reason that police officers are given the right to use commensurate lethal force in protecting their own lives and that of others when they are acting in enforcing our laws.
Andrew Holness has no legal standing to tell officers that they should not kill anyone.
He is out of order, presumptuous and downright out of his league in making those admonishments.
The Prime minister’s admonishment is a cowardly attempt to place responsibility on the police in the event that they have to use lethal force, a clear surety, in those lawless communities in which they will be thrust.
It is a transparent attempt to make nice with the litany of anti-police agencies within the government itself and the criminal rights groups which have taken up residence on the Island.
Peter Phillips thinks the special zones law is a “face card“, I don’t know what his motivation is for making that claim.
What I do know having laid out specifics is that it is a farcical attempt to blow smoke up the Jamaican people’s collective ass while placating criminal rights lobby groups.