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We must save our nation

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


An open letter to the Commissioner of Police.

Dear Dr Williams,

I was as usual working late at my office when a young lady ran into a great deal of distress - she had been shot. She, having been placed in our theatre, calmed down and examination showed that she had miraculously been grazed by the bullet.

She had been walking home and saw a car pulling up behind her. She saw the gun and she ran. She dropped her bag when she ran, but the criminals fired at her. She felt the impact and she fell to her knees, but she got back up and ran straight to our office.

The efficient, courteous police came immediately and she felt safe.

The next day, The Gleaner's lead story was of a similar crime, only the young medical student died. The criminals are not afraid to kill wantonly. It is only luck that determines your survival.

The situation is clear:

1. Notwithstanding Judge Batts' ruling, the police must be empowered to stop any car that they feel may be a threat to the society.

2. We must educate our people to read license plates.

3. There is no reason every citizen in Jamaica does not have a government-issued identification card with stored demographics - start with those of the Electoral Commission - that's a better thing to debate now than elitist-required CCTV.

4. Set up task forces in each police station to react to illegal gun possession. I know one mass murderer who parades with his gun and uses social media to show his pictures everywhere.

5. Set up a messenger number at each police station which

people can use to report crimes; suspected crimes; and even suspicion of intended crimes.

6. Improve the forensic capabilities of the force.

Jamaica, our paradise is being threatened. I continue to champion human rights, but some sacrifices will have to be made in order to save our nation.

Dr Ford