We know the statistics we know what has been tried.
What we also know, is that what has been tried in crime control has not been working and for good reason.
The carnage on the streets.The multiple killings. The sense of lawlessness which have police standing by helpless as rioters do as they please. The use of Government Agencies as tools of self-aggrandizement and personal vendettas. And don’t forget the inevitable travel advisories.
It all sounds like an ungovernable Serengeti, and to a certain extent it is but is it too far gone?
I don’t think so!
But if there is not a change in direction there will come a time in the not too distant future when we will have passed the point of no return.
The question I continue to ask however is at what point will the nation’s leaders say we do not want any more spilled blood.
At what point will decency and character trump political considerations?
There is a general consensus among many Jamaicans both at home and in the diaspora that the Government is not interested in solving the nation’s crime dilemma. Neither is the political opposition, it may reasonably be argued that the reason our crime problem has been so intransigent and intractable is as a direct result of how politicians have injected themselves into law enforcement.
The most recent example being the appalling example we were forced to witness in Boscobel Saint Mary.
I do agree that certainly from some of the Prime Minister’s utterances it could reasonably be construed that he is anti-police and by extension against a resolution to the country’s crime problem.
The Political Opposition must also take responsibility for its constitutional role in government, even from its side of the chamber.
It cannot be a zero-sum game for the PNP which sees it’s role in Jamaica either as the governing party or the party which sabotages whatever the ruling party does.
As a consequence, there must be a change in the way the two parties view government and their roles whether in Government or opposition,as integral parts of the governing structure.
If we can accomplish that paradigm shift, if only in how they perceive their roles as servants of our country we may begin to have a consensus on how the existential issue of crime has to be approached.
I left Law enforcement in Jamaica as a young adult after 10 years in service to my country.
Today almost 27 years later, the images which grace regular and social media of police operational procedures and processes seem far more regressive and irrational than when I walked away in 1991.
The constant second-guessing. Demonizing. Politicizing. Persecution. Morale killing. and other negatives thrown at the police in addition to their antiquated training and lack of legislative and moral support has done much to create the Jamaica which exists today.
What the experts and the talking heads haven’t figured out is that the country’s progress is in its own hands. Progress comes from a stable low crime society.
Jamaica is neither stable or low crime, as a result, any talk of prosperity must be seen even at its best to be hyped rhetoric.
There are some serious questions which we must receive answers to. Those answers will give us a window into the real reasons why the crime problem in Jamaica is like an intractable cough which is regressing into pneumonia.
Why is it that an Assistant Commissioner of Police[the one pictured here Norman Heywood] arrived on the scene on the Boscobel main road and saw a litany of crimes being committed and did absolutely nothing?
Why was traffic allowed to pile up totally inconveniencing the public while a senior police commander stood by like one of the anarchists?
The pile-up of traffic which occurred last week in Boscobel inconvenienced many people, it effectively shut down commerce and inexorably cost countless Jamaicans who had nothing to do with those lawless anarchists in that town immense financial and other harm.
It is no different than the pile-up on the road to the Norman Manley International Airport a week earlier.It is no different than the constant blocking of roads which in addition to the rampant crime is destroying the economic and human life of the Island.
What was the paper police Norman Heywood afraid of why he did nothing to stop the incidents of crime while the junior officers there with him were itching to uphold their oath?
Why did it take a politician [Robert Montague’s] arrival to quell the lawless anarchy we saw play out in front of our eyes.
Why do politicians continue to offer themselves up as buffers between the police and the criminals knowing it has the effect of causing those who break the laws to have no respect for the police?
What is it in the system that the world does not know which causes a senior police commander to abdicate his sworn duty?
Was it fear, if so fear of whom?
Was it a sense of not knowing what to do [as I suspect is the case] with these paper cops who got into the police department because they earned a degree somewhere and are given command?
On taking command of Police Area two in September of last year the hapless Norman Heywood told a gathering at the Evansville Conference Centre in St Ann’s Bay attended by National Security Minister Robert Montague that police in the area will be operating using the ‘Three‑R’ approach — rapid response, respect, and reassurance.
Neither of those characteristics was visible in the actions of ACP Norman Heywood’s actions or lack thereof.
But Heywood’s lack of leadership [which I must admit makes me pissing mad] is directly in line with the philosophy of his colleague DCP Clifford Blake who delivered an entire lecture to junior traffic cops on the virtues of rolling over and turning a blind eye instead of enforcing the nation’s traffic laws.
Even as the nation’s crime increases and murders continue to terrify the population eliciting travel advisories from foreign nations, the Island’s top law enforcement officers are teaching passivity and rolling over to lawlessness.
The Police Commissioner must tell the nation whether or not this is the new direction of the police force so that citizens can know not to expect protection from the anarchists and murderers.
This new breed of police leadership teaches respect, and human rights but zero enforcement of the nation’s laws.
Their stupid philosophy is exactly from the playbook of former Jamaican’s for Justice head Carolyn Gomez, that the role of police is to observe human rights.
|There are more than enough safeguards to protect human rights so much so that now there is no enforcement of the laws.
The rights of the most blood drenched criminal now supercedes the fundamental right to life an innocent Jamaican previously had.
It is the same playbook that Owen Ellington allowed to be instituted across the police force. It criminalizes and demonizes Esprit ‑de-corp, the universal concept of brotherhood shared by military and police organizations across the Globe.
It is a concept those who never signed up or volunteered for anything can never understand. A concept which has been eviscerated and demagogued in Jamaica by a baby doctor out of her league.
What we want to know is who was behind that demonstration which rendered Norman Heywood impotent? Who rendered him unable to do his job as a commander? Why did he not immediately take command of the scene and have the men and women under his command issue directives to persons gathered there to immediately move to the sidewalks or face being forcibly dispersed?
Citizens have a right to peaceably gather and air their grievances against their government or whatever they are aggrieved by.
They have no right to block roads and prevent the free flow of traffic, inconveniencing and endangering the general public in the process.
After those commands are issued if they refuse the batons and tear gas immediately comes out and end the nonsense.
We must get back to enforcing the laws.
As much as I loathe these two parliamentary representatives I do not believe any of them had anything to do with Heywood’s abdication of his oath.
As such the Commissioner of Police must determine whether ACP’Norman Heywood dereliction of duty is representative of the police force he wants to lead for the duration of time he has at the helm of this department.