Many studies have been done to determining how to tackle crime. Various conclusions arrived at, which suggest crime is a social malady, fixed basically by ensuring everyone have jobs. Those who conclude thus, have still not come up with an explanation for white collar crimes. Neither have they responded to the fact that in many countries, the people who are deeply involved in criminal behavior are wealthy people. In Jamaica there are various groups which purport to be in the business of crime reduction, yet their very existence demand that there is tension, and rivalry. The so-called Peace Management Initiative headed by Horace Levy comes to mind. It is no surprise that Levy is one of the most vocal critic of police. In a world where Levy’s role was righteous, he would be a strident supporter of the police, working hand in hand with them toward a common good. Horace Levy has to continue [ to eat a  food ]so his relationship with cops is adversarial.

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Horace Levy


Jamaicans hate to obey laws, they complain if the police enforce infractions they believe inconsequential. How many times have you heard the saying, weh dem nuh gu look fi tief and murderer? Yet if the Police disengages and (give a bly,)ignore the small stuff, many like my friend Kent Phillip Gammon Attorney at law criticizes them for not doing their jobs. So what is the police to do in a country which clearly does not want to be policed?

During the 1970’s and 80’s New York City was a mess, muggings, robberies, rapes, murders, graffiti was everywhere, the smell of urine permeated every sub-way station, every hall-way, every elevator. The city’s first African American Mayor David Dinkins instituted a program called safe streets safe city, the thrust of that program was to tackle minor offences, from squeegee men to graffiti artistes to those who peed in public places. Dinkins served one term, but his program was continued and expanded on by his successor Rudolph Giuliani, today New York city is one of the safest places to live. And by the way the quality of life is pretty good too, just ask New Yorkers.

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For decades Jamaican cops have been put in an untenable position to fail. They have been placed into a boiling cauldron of lawlessness ,created by their political bosses,the very people who have a vested interest in crime and chaos. Every cop who ever served in the JCF knows that the very politician who makes the laws are the very people stoking the fires against him/her when he tries to enforce the laws. Have you ever wondered why the politician is always on site when the police take strong action in the ghetto? Jamaicans love crime, live by crime, they do not want crime eliminated. I once believed in the righteousness of a crime free society, as such I voluntarily signed up to serve. It did not take long for me to recognize that I would not be making a difference carrying a gun and badge there. So I surrendered them and took my leave, I pity those who cannot leave.

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Jamaicans predisposition to crime does not stop at the water’s edge, many who leave end  up right back home because they cannot stay away from crime. Out of the remainder not deported, many actively fund crime and even still more live vicariously through criminals back home, actively cheer-leading crime. So before the few of us not in that group talk about eliminating crime we may need to elicit the services of professionals to determine the reason for Jamaicans criminal pre-disposition. Dr. Fred Hickling has characterized the Jamaican society largely as mad. This assessment drew howls  of condemnation from many  Jamaicans who weren’t too  keen on being characterized as mad .


Dr Fred Hickling.

Without the benefit of being a psychologist or sociologist it is impossible for me to make a clinical determination as to what ails our people , yet from a common sense perspective it bears mentioning that Jamaicans love crime hence the state of the country. In order to change the crime situation we will have to have a monumental psychological change in the population. I do not see that happening, do you?