Intelligence drives good policing
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I think it is a misconception to increase the number of police and soldiers in St James to control murders. What is needed is just a few genuine, highly intelligent members of the force with good public relations - good public relations for information to flow to them.
I write as one who served the force for 11 years and two months, resigning as sub-officer for Manchester, and by extension, St Elizabeth and Clarendon.
While at Cross Roads, I frequently communicated with then Detective Sergeant Brenton Joseph, sub-officer, perhaps the most effective detective this country has ever seen. He told me that he detected all the crimes from his desk, never on patrol, and the record will show that it is after he retired that crime began to escalate in Kingston.
Incidentally, when in Manchester, he came from Kingston with sufficient information concerning the main actors in murder and conspiracy to murder. The information secured convictions.
OWEN S. CROSBIE