Where Are The Investigators…

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How many times have we seen news reports of weapons and ammunition finds at Jamaica’s wharves with the caption the Police are investigating?
The answer is too many to remember . Yet how many times have we heard that detailed investigations resulted in arrest of the members of an intricate gun smuggling network ?
Never !
Or at least I cannot recall ever hearing that this has ever happened.
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Law enforce­ment offi­cials have made a major arms and ammu­ni­tion find at the Kingston Wharves.

The items com­prise an AR-15 assault rifle, two hand guns, a .44 mag­num, a .45 pis­tol, a smoke grenade and some 1,011 assort­ed rounds of ammu­ni­tion. The police are now inves­ti­gat­ing. PHOTOS: Major Gun, Ammunition Find At Kingston Wharves.

It’s nat­ur­al and total­ly under­stand­able that we cel­e­brate and feel a sense of relief that at least these weapons and ammu­ni­tion did not make it to the streets. Who knows just how many lives will be saved just because this par­tic­u­lar ship­ment did not make it out. As a pri­vate cit­i­zen I share the sense of relief which comes with know­ing that they caught this one.

As a for­mer police offi­cer I have an addi­tion­al response to this as well as every weapon/​ammunition and con­tra­band find for that mat­ter.
I under­stand that each indi­vid­ual case has it’s own unique set of char­ac­ter­is­tics which nec­es­sar­i­ly deter­mine how a poten­tial inves­ti­ga­tion would pro­ceed going for­ward.
My con­tention is that a mere con­tra­band find should nev­er be the end of the road, it should be the begin­ning. I total­ly under­stand the eupho­ria and the adren­a­line rush such finds must elic­it. I am not too far removed from the suc­cess­es of the late 80’s ear­ly 90’s of the suc­cess­es of the Constant Spring CIB to for­get those adren­a­line rush­es.
The adren­a­line rush should not be a way to say “see we are on the job” . It should serve as an accel­er­ant to the engines of inves­ti­ga­tors.

Whether coming in or ..

Whether com­ing in or ..

POINT OF ORIGIN

Every ship­ment has a point of ori­gin. Every ship­ment has a man­i­fest. In today’s world there are cam­eras every­where , even if the ship­ment was deliv­ered to the wharf by third par­ty shipper/​trans­porta­tion that per­son know from whom he/​she received the ship­ment.
It is not dif­fi­cult to trace the ship­ment back to it’s point of ori­gin. We are oper­at­ing in a inter-con­nect­ed world where law-enforce­ment agen­cies coöper­ate >
The police depart­ment must oper­ate on the premise that for every one ship­ment it con­fis­cate, sev­er­al more gets through.
Why ?
If the method was­n’t seen as a viable option those behind it would not have opt­ed for it. The police depart­ment must begin to think this way .
It must also assume the way crim­i­nals think, that ship­ment may also have been a” gimme”, mean­ing “here take this lit­tle gift and get exit­ed while we sneak the real ship­ment through”.

going out much more must be done to stop contraband ....

…going out much more must be done to stop con­tra­band .…

DESTINATION POINT

In order for Jamaican police to access the point of ori­gin it may have to train offi­cers to bet­ter inves­ti­gate crimes. I know despite the fluff there isn’t much inves­ti­gat­ing being done by the JCF.
It can­not be out­side the scope of whats pos­si­ble for the JCF how­ev­er to track a ship­ment at home.
Why reveal that a ship­ment of guns and ammu­ni­tion was dis­cov­ered?
That ship­ment and every oth­er was con­signed to some­one or some orga­ni­za­tion. This is where inves­ti­ga­tors should patient­ly wait until the ship­ment is signed for and picked up. The next step is to fol­low it to see where it lead to before arrest­ing the per­pe­tra­tors.
If a ship­ment of guns and ammu­ni­tion are arriv­ing at a loca­tion I believe it is a safe bet to imag­ine that the prin­ci­pal play­ers are in place at the des­ti­na­tion point.

Making arrests at this point is like­ly to yield a trea­sure trove of valu­able prin­ci­pal play­ers. If Investigators are inter­est­ed in fol­low­ing the trail to where it leads.
If the Police depart­ment is seri­ous about crime it must first fix the per­cep­tion it has about it’s meth­ods.
As for this writer , the method­olo­gies being use does not exact­ly elic­it or engen­der con­fi­dence that there is a desire to find out who are behind these ship­ments of weapons into our coun­try.
Just this morn­ing I read that the JCF will be train­ing some mem­bers to deal with domes­tic vio­lence. This train­ing is sup­posed to be made pos­si­ble with out­side help.
I stand to be cor­rect­ed but why is it not stan­dard pro­ce­dure that offi­cers are trained in domes­tic vio­lence aware­ness and how-to at the acad­e­my? Why aren’t the for­eign Governments not offer­ing help in fight­ing crime?

There seem to have been a step­ping up of police raids and aggres­sive­ness in recent weeks . Whether it is relat­ed to the change in Government is yet to be deter­mined.
What appears evi­dent is that there is entrenched oppo­si­tion to aggres­sive law enforce­ment in the coun­try . The for­mer admin­is­tra­tion and pre­vi­ous PNP admin­is­tra­tions was not pre­pared to expend any polit­i­cal cap­i­tal to get crim­i­nals off the streets.
As such crime fight­ing in Jamaica has been total­ly politi­cized.
If the new Administration uses even a lit­tle of the polit­i­cal cap­i­tal it has in the fight against crime it will be char­ac­ter­ized as being against poor peo­ple.
There is a com­mon non­sense-notion which per­me­ate a wide cross sec­tion of Jamaica which believes peo­ple have a right to com­mit crimes.
A gov­ern­ment which make deal­ing with crime a pri­or­i­ty is by default a Government against the peo­ple.
Welcome to Jamaica !
There is a huge sub-sec­tion, maybe the major­i­ty of Jamaicans who are inher­ent­ly opposed to the rule of law . This sub-set is quite will­ing to have a one-par­ty state in order to avoid con­form­ing to the rule of law.
I much rather see great inves­tiga­tive polic­ing ‚it is the great­est deter­rent to crime. I know that the courts have not yet received the memo that crim­i­nals belong in pris­ons but the police can at least do it’s job.