Questions and Solutions for the Commish
The Gleaner has asked its Facebook friends to pose questions and solutions to Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams in relation to the nation's ongoing crime problem. Here's what some of them had to say.
When will they start using and implementing forensic science in their investigation effectively? Why every police station does not have its own detective?
What is being done to curtail the influx of illegal guns coming into the country?
We understand our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They've got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and to hold accountable those who break our laws. When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe. What steps are being taken by the Police High Command to reduce police corruption in order to promote the image of the JCF?
When is the death penalty/hanging going be reinforced in Jamaica? If this hanging thing come back, a lot of areas affected by crime and violence will be decreased. Another thing, we can't put all the blame on police. We the citizens need to talk up and stop hide the criminals. The only way we Jamaican talk up is when we are in the other person's shoes. It need to stop.
Put back soldiers to camp out in the hot bed community all over Jamaica. I remember in the 80s and early 90s, when soldiers camp out in my community not even a clappers coulda bust and now they are sitting in Up Park Camp wasting taxpayer hard earned money.
In a country riddled with so much crime and corruption, one of the things that I think is lacking in the leadership of this police commissioner is communication! The easiest way to reassure the citizens of any
country with the crime problems is communicating your plan of action for the reduction of crime (domestic, murders esp. children, gun and gang etc.). Regular communication between yourself and the citizens will allow them to feel reassured that action is being taken regarding the crime problem and allow us to buy into your plan for crime reduction! As it stands, communication between this police commissioner and us the citizens is at best poor!
I would suggest the police and army work together in the volatile areas like Spanish Town, where extortion is rampant and getting out of hand. Yes, soldiers are trained for war, but there is a cold war on our hard working families, by criminals who want to live by their own rules. Taxi drivers; and store owners who keep people employed, are at the mercy of these demons. A lot of them are afraid to speak up, afraid they will be silenced by the gun. This is preposterous! In broad daylight they carry out their evils, and it is like no one can stop them. The police know and seem to turn a blind eye; because some of them are in the corrupted group. Brings me to my next point. Sir, please do everything possible to weed out the corrupted cops. It's a big blight on the good cops who will sometimes suffer for the force.
He needs to get detectives from England, Holland, USA, to train these lazy ones in Jamaica, some new tactics to find the men faster who a rape and murder our children. For a small island like Jamaica it takes too long to find them, most times they don't even find them. Make up your mind and let us be proud, and other countries can have something better to talk about us other than how much people die each day. Please sir.
Death penalty now! More social, workers to work with the police to stop child and sex abuse by inspecting homes and communities. A child abuse crime stop.
Mr Commissioner, how long does the top police of each particular station house serve before he or she is transferred? I think they should serve no more than six months and every single officer undergo a transfer every year regardless of an officer's performance on the job. I think this can be the first step to reduce corruption within the force.