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Wanton incompetence of the JCF

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The striking incompetence and negligence of some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who fail to utilise good sense and judgement in their operations, particularly when dealing with victims and people they have a reasonable basis to suspect have committed a crime, never ceases to amaze me.

I refer to the devastating ordeal that a 14-year-old girl underwent after she was held up at knife point by two men while she journeyed home off Maxfield Avenue on Sunday, when she was taken to Portmore then raped.

It was bad enough that the girl had to endure such a gross violation of her privacy by the condemnable acts of these monsters. What is worse is that because these criminals know that it is likely that they will get away with their wickedness, they continue to take advantage of not only us, but the wanton incompetence of the JCF.

Even more disturbing was that the police found it prudent to transport the suspect in the same vehicle with the victim. Can you image how this has traumatised the young girl and how it will affect her future?

We already have a JCF that is under-resourced, ineffective and which does not respect the rights of citizens. It is evident by their glaring inability to bring criminals to justice; to serve, protect and reassure citizens; and to restore law and order.

With this long-existing cloud of ineptitude hanging over the JCF, it is no wonder there is a lack of confidence and support from the citizens.

Considering the challenges of the police in bringing criminals to justice because of their failure to apprehend them, it is a shame that they had a suspect in their custody and allowed him to escape, which now contributes to the number of criminals on the loose to perpetrate their acts.

The unreasonable cerebrations of some members of the JCF which results in incidents like these does no justice to law and order.

Will the JCF's incompetence and negligence ever end?