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Support MoBay child curfews

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The 9 p.m. curfew that was recently implemented by the head of the St James Police Division, SSP Steve McGregor, which is aimed at preventing children under 17 years old from the influence of criminal elements, is a smart move that all well-thinking Jamaicans must support fulsomely.

McGregor was reported as saying that some residents are not receptive to the curfew measures. It begs the question, and I am certainly baffled, as to why anyone in the obviously troubled parish would be against such a responsible move to control crime and to assist with the protection of our children.

In addition to embarking on a public-education campaign to garner the support of those who are against this initiative, the police should also note with interest and scrutinise those persons since their opposition to the well-needed plan in respect of law and order arouses curiosity.

No reasonable person would have issues with any attempt to keep our most vulnerable off the streets at nights and to protect them from the clutches of criminals.There are parents and guardians who believe that they can relinquish their responsibility for child care and protection and place the burden on others, including the State. It is the parents that are ultimately responsible for their children.

Speaking on 'Cliff Hughes Online' (April 27, 2016), McGregor gave statistics that upwards of eight-five percent of children 15-22 years old are responsible for crimes in the parish. More strikingly, he said that children as young as 11 years old are involved in lottery scamming.

With troubling statistics like these, shouldn't parents and, by extension, residents allow good sense to prevail and offer their support?