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Backing police chief on social ills

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Some stakeholders in St James and the wider western Jamaica have reacted with frustration to pronouncements made by Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams. Their reactions are indeed understandable, given the vice-like grip of crime and violence, which only seems to be tightening.

The responses to Dr William's opposition to an imposition of a state of public emergency, though understandable, are somewhat short-sighted and reactionary. One completely appreciates the urgency of now, especially when lives are being brutally snuffed out, families wrecked and streets overflow with blood and bullets.

There will never be enough boots on the ground to break the rock-like resistance to law and order which has been allowed to build up over decades of neglect.

The top cop, for all his shortcomings, is correct. The solution to our current challenges can only be found in alleviating the social ills and by strategically deconstructing the existing framework which nourishes and encourages crime.