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.