Letter of the Day: Confront the crime monster in St Thomas
The Editor, Sir:
The recent spate of crimes being unleashed on the parish of St Thomas and more specifically the western end of the parish is evidence of a long standing problem. Since 2002, St Thomas has seen a 63 per cent rise in major crimes (murders) with a significant percentage of these murders still not solved.
The western end of the parish has seen a re-emergence of criminality in the form of petty robberies, car theft and the apprehension of a Jamaica Labour Party political activist and the seizure of a high powered weapon after a high speed chase with lawmen. Additionally, the community of Yallahs had been thrown into mourning with the brutal killing of two police officers.
It is easy for one to conclude that in the last 15 years, the ineffective policing and lack of political will to dismantle known gangs from within the parish and those who have sought refuge in the parish, have led to the increased criminality. It is believed that criminals who commit major crimes in other parishes somehow find their way into St Thomas.
It can be argued that enough has not been done to rid the parish of criminals who are committing heinous crimes.
We the residents of St Thomas condemn all forms of criminality and we are calling on the Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams and the Minister of National Security, The Honourable Peter Bunting to conduct a thorough review of the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in the parish in an effort to transfer non performers and provide the necessary expertise and equipment needed for the policemen and women to perform their duties effectively.
We are also calling for a partnership between the Jamaica Defence Force and The Jamaica Constabulary Force under the "Get the Guns" campaign for a designated period.
Lastly, we call on the young people and residents of St Thomas to take a stand against all forms of criminality both in the parish of St. Thomas and Jamaica. It is high time the people of Jamaica take a stand against these monsters that have been cutting short the lives of our loved ones.
I humbly ask our Prime Minister The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to let her voice be heard in the condemnation of killings and criminality plaguing our country. We look forward to the day when Jamaica can truly be the place to live, work, do business and raise families.
M. Maurice Clarke