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Use contest to tap fixes for crime

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am convinced the security forces are running out of ideas on how to contain crime, while many former or current residents of certain communities understand the underworld of crime much more than many of our security personnel. We need to tap into the resources of our people.

I am calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness and National Security Minister Robert Montague to create what I call 'The Crime Fighting Strategy Grant Competition' - a 2,000-word crime-fighting proposal.

This competition will see a finalist from each parish advancing to the grand finale. The 14 parish finalists will receive $100,000 each, the first runners-up $50,000, and the second runners-up $25,000. The grand finale will select a winner ($800,000), first runner-up ($500,000), and second runner-up ($250,000). In order to reduce bias and protect the integrity of the selection process, I propose the implementation of a blind peer review process at the parish and national levels.

Crime fighting in Jamaica needs a collective approach.

MARLON ROBINSON

CEO of Family On

Point, LLC

familyonpoint@gmail.com