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Focus on solving, preventing crime

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I am amazed at our recent approach to solving crime. Our emphasis is on punishment of the crime instead of preventing or solving it. If this is our thinking, our attorney general, Marlene Malahoo Forte, should figure out the logic as to whether the egg is first or the chicken. In my mind, preventing and solving would remove the immediate dilemma.

Whether a person gets bail five or 10 times is the least of the issues at hand as we would have already had that person listed in numerous databases and would know who and what we are dealing with.

Here in Jamaica, we seem to spend so much money on training police officers overseas in forensic science, yet we the taxpayers are not reaping the benefits. From television images, we don't even know how to secure a crime scene, much less to have the discipline and serious commitment to put a crime puzzle together to form clues.

We should collate per-parish crime solved per year. If under 60 per cent (as a starting point), remove detectives and senior officers from the parish to firefighting. Only officers with a proven record of achieving acceptable quotas in solving crime should be promoted.

Mrs Malahoo Forte, the words 'urgency' and 'immediacy' are what should propel your crime-fighting efforts. We cannot wait for the next two or more years for you to finalise legislative changes, after the wrangling and manoeuvring of parliamentarians. Let's start with the immediate needs on the ground.