As a former police officer, I am particularly incensed when a police officer is attacked and hurt or worse just for doing his or her job.
This is not about whether or not we agree with everything the police does, but about that officer’s expectation that he or she will return home safely after their shift as they ought to.
That is not too much to ask. Even soldiers on a battlefield do their level best to return from wars, police officers do too.
And so over the years, one of the things that I have personally hammered home to readers and to the JCF leadership
To that end, many of my friends and even some of my most dedicated readers have disagreed with me on the level of training being afforded new recruits to the JCF.
I contend that not only is the training archaic and useless, but training should be ongoing for officers, especially as it relates to firearms, tactics, and threat assessments.
Police officers should have a well laid out Gymnasium with all of the modern amenities at the academy. Strength and fitness training should be a part of the recruit training.
More than anything else, the archaic and useless drills ought to be a thing of the past.
While we talk about police training it also makes sense to expand on the difficulty which lies in policing Jamaica.
As I said in a previous article, even within the CARICOM region, police officials are critical of Jamaicans and their lack of respect for the rule of law.
And so it is not out of the ordinary to hear tall tales (many unfounded) of the way Jamaicans are treated by law enforcement officials whether it’s in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago or wherever?
That is not to say that the stigma attached to us Jamaicans does not negatively affect folks who may be innocent, or at best, not as guilty.
The difficulties of which I speak are varied and many, but I will list a few here which may in some cases be unique to Jamaica.
Jamaica is a particularly hilly country This is in many respects unrivaled in our region. The challenges which come with the hilly terrain are many, but it makes the task of apprehending dangerous criminals that much more difficult.
Like the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the terrain makes enforcement a nightmare to varying degrees.
Over the years the corrosive influence and control Politics has had
Sadly, those who are at the top of the security apparatus are in many cases the most suspect when it comes to how national security secrets are handled (see how Christopher
The present Minister of National Security Horace Chang, who said he inherited a glorified security company (speaking of the police department). He certainly could not wait to place his foot in his stupid mouth on the Spaldings shooting.
Speaking to a Lion’s Club of Kingston luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Chang
“Had he had any of the equipment of modern policing, he could have been easily trained that in the face of a hostile crowd of vendors and taxi drivers who can be quite aggressive to the police, to use one of the non-lethal weapons to intercept and control the crowd.
(a) The fucking idiot is the Minister responsible for the police, so if they are lacking equipment he is responsible.
(b) Secondly, this was not about crowd control, it was a case where a uniformed police officer was violently attacked.
Chang’s assessment is rubbish, it has no bearing on what we have seen on that video.
“The guns would be for a killer crowd. Those (the absent tools) are basic equipment and we have not equipped our police force effectively.”
In the estimation of this Minister of National Security, the
This could be handled with a canister of pepper spray and a baton
These are the abject fools who are running our country. These are the lawmakers.