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JDF, JCF should join forces to fight crime

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

A few years ago, the then Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, in one of his speeches mentioned that Jamaica needed divine intervention to help deal with crime.

Many individuals and a number of organisations, even cartoonists, rose up and lampooned the minister. Even Christians were calling for his resignation because they ignored the essence of the statement and attacked the minister through their political eyes.

I have come to realise that we have a disease in Jamaica. We tend to always focus on the person or persons rather than the problem at hand.

Now we call for the resignation of the Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, again attacking the person rather than the problem. If we are calling for Dr. Williams to resign then we should also call for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, and most if not all police superintendents and inspectors. However, it would be unfair to do so, mindful of the fact that some of these individuals work tirelessly to put an end to crime.

Why not call for the Jamaica Defence Force to join hands with the Jamaica Constabulary Force and assist in lowering our climbing murder rate? Why not call for more investigative technologies and persons?

Why not appeal to citizens to stop videoing aggressive altercations for social media? Why not call for a better response time from the police? Why don't we join with the police and make their jobs a little easier in finding the fugitives who we most times harbour in our communities?

There are so many ways in which we can try and fix the crime problem. Removing persons from office won't help. At the end of the day, the crime problem will be fixed when law-abiding citizens of this country come together and do something to put a stop to it.

De'Marley Williams

Student, NCU

demarley@stu.ncu.edu.jm