Letter of the Day: Scrap plan to give cops used vehicles
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Minister of National Security Robert Montague has indicated that the Government intends to purchase second-hand motor vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). However, I disagree with the proposed new policy.
Police service vehicles, in the main, operate 24 hours per day and, therefore, second-hand vehicles would not be appropriate; they will not stand up strongly to police driving work. New motor vehicles are certainly needed for the police force, as has been the case for years in terms of government policy.
As a citizen, I urge Minister Montague to scrap his proposed policy and ensure that new vehicles are purchased for the JCF. Second-hand vehicles are not acceptable for the JCF and will cost the Government too much in regular repair costs.
In terms of police corruption, Minister Montague should make it a priority of his to remove the high levels of corruption across the force and prosecute those corrupt cops involved in criminal activities and we very well know that some of them are involved with scammers. Only recently, a police officer was charged along with scammers for scamming crimes carried out on elderly American citizens.
A large part of the scamming problem has to do with corrupt police officers working with scammers. Commissioner Williams must make greater efforts to thoroughly investigate, apprehend and prosecute cops involved in scams. A special police anti-corruption team should be established to target and apprehend cops working with scammers across western Jamaica.
The corruption in the force is negatively affecting the force's capacity and capability to successfully tackle and nab the criminals throughout Jamaica. The police force's under-50 per cent clear-up rate for crimes is unacceptable and must be forthwith addressed by Minister Montague, along with the manner in which police personnel are promoted. Jamaica demands a corrupt-free, professional and caring force.
Westmoreland has a high murder rate and needs additional police resources and equipment from the Government. Deputy Superintendent of Police David Whyte, who is in charge of Westmoreland, needs more police resources to be able to go after the criminals terrorising residents of the parish. The Westmoreland police require at least eight new police service vehicles.
RAYMOND S. LYN
Grange Hill PO, Westmoreland