There is an old Jamaican adage which says *nothing illegal thrives unless Politicians and Police are involved in it*.
I don’t think that any rational person would argue with the bottom line truthfulness of that statement.
Whether it is the erection of shanty communities, the mass expansion of robot taxis, lotto-scamming or whatever, politicians and police have, through commission or omission, either actively participated or allowed these things to happen.
Over the years I have written extensively that the Police could have done a far better job if its leadership understood the consequences turning a blind eye and or not staying focused on a task has for the breakdown of the rule of law.
I  have used every literary tool I have, to explain that a man selling weed on the corner can be an asset if cultivated properly, but the beginning of a serious problem if left alone.

 

That man must be used as a law enforcement tool to ensure that whatever more serious crimes are committed in that area he feeds information to trusted law-enforcement about them. No other should be allowed to sell weed there.
Left alone, not used as an asset, soon more arrive, then it’s more dangerous drugs, guns, robberies, shootings and before you know it that neighborhood is a slum from violence, drug dealing, and drug abuse.
Property value hits the dirt and families are captives in their own homes and in the larger community.
Had the police moved, or fully controlled that first guy selling stickweed all of the foregone would have been averted. Isn’t that what has happened across the entire country though?

 

Thousands of cops and an arguably compelling need for thousands more, yet the crime situation continue to deteriorate, but for the situations in which emergency proclamations has been instituted resulting in large amounts of police and soldiers to be concentrated in small geographical areas.
Thus far, for the month of September, there has been an uptick in murders to 4 persons killed per day from just over three per day.  Some argue that we cannot lay these murders at the feet of the police, they say politicians cannot be blamed for what people do.

 

If we do not blame the people who make the laws and those who enforce them, who are we to blame?
If the Police leadership used whatever assets it has to micro-target violence producers and remove them from the equation in what direction do you think the murder numbers would trend?
If the politicians created tough laws which send the right message, that crime will not be tolerated and stayed out of the way of law enforcement, would we have more crime or less?

 

None of these pointers mean anything, however, because the Jamaican police continue to act outside its role by making judgment calls on what laws it enforces or whether it even bothers to enforce them at all.
It is not up to police to make policy, their job is to execute whatever policy has been put in place by the civilian leadership. The police have no right to supplant enforcing the laws with their own biases. Contrary to what some will argue about *discretion*, the police have no discretion to allow the laws to be broken, because they feel they are doing some greater good by allowing said breaches of the law.

FROM JAMAICA OBSERVER


Deputy Superintendent Errol Adams

The police say, for now, they will not be pursuing motorcyclists who have been using their bikes as taxis to capitalize on the nightmarish traffic congestion in sections of the Corporate Area.

The traffic jams have been caused by the closure of Portia Simpson Miller Square, formerly Three Miles, due to an ongoing road improvement project. The closure is expected to last for eight months. Head of the Public Safety Division of the newly established Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, Deputy Superintendent Errol Adams, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the police’s focus, at this time, is ensuring that commuters get to their destinations in a timely manner.

He was responding to yesterday’s front-page story, which reported that some bikers have been offering a shuttle service from Molynes Road to Half-Way-Tree in St Andrew, at a cost of $150. The cost of the ride could be more, depending on the destination of the commuter. “We are ignoring them for now,” Deputy Superintendent Adams told the Observer at the intersection of Hagley Park and Waltham Park roads yesterday. The DSP, who was seen observing the traffic flow, insisted that the greater issue is to alleviate the frustration and anxiety being experienced by commuters.

“I have heard the stories and I can say it is illegal, but we know the Jamaican environment. Where there are challenges people will find creative means to capitalize on it and, too, to get to where they want to go, and I think that is what is happening. I have heard the reports and I think that I might have seen a few of them, but the greater focus now is to get the motoring traffic and the motoring public to work,” Adams explained.

The policeman alluded to the fact that the mission is being accomplished, despite commuters’ complaints.

“We all know what happened Monday, but from Monday leading into this morning, we have seen gradual improvements. Let me establish though, that traffic congestion, I mean peak-hour traffic congestion, is a feature of any public space. What we aim to do is manage it, and to have traffic flow as freely as possible. We have been able to achieve that consistently since Monday, and this morning was no different.”

CONSEQUENCES

DCP Clifford Blake’s Talk To Cops Exposes Why Crime Has Taken Over Jamaica…

Despite what seems to be a reasoned and rational statement coming from this officer, *the problem is that it is not up to the police to make those decisions*. This officer clearly has confessed to having allowed lawbreaking.*
This from a squad of officers which was just recently formed and equipped to tackle traffic. These are the officers lectured by Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake on the virtues of turning a blind eye.
I  wrote about Blake’s lecture, I cautioned that what he was essentially creating was another set of window dressings from which the country will not reap any rewards.
Many pushed back on my comments then arguing discretion, over enforcing the laws was sometimes better, I argued then and now that it was exactly the exercise of discretion by the police which has led to this lawlessness in our country.

 

Now that the police which was supposed to fix the traffic problems have now opened this Pandora-box, creating another growth path to lawlessness, how do they propose to stop it after the roadworks are completed? Guaranteed they do not have an answer for that question.
Is the police high command that naive` that they believe these motorcyclists are simply going to disappear once they tasted the spoils of uninsured, unlicenced shuttling of passengers?

Not one of those bike taxis is going back after they were allowed to break the laws. Not the first street vendor displaying wares on the sidewalk, the first to display wares on the street, not the first shanty builder, not the first drug dealer, the first prostitute on the corner, neither will the police be able to stop these illegal bike taxis they just turned a blind eye to.
If the Jamaican police are not a part of the solution then they are a part of the problem. We were told that if we put in place University graduates at the top tier of the force we would see a transformation, a better force. If this is the type of leadership they are capable of the country is in for a whole lot more pain.

I’ll, now await the * man affi eat a food argument*


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