Sun | Jan 21, 2018

It's your job, minister

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Robert Montague


A few days ago, Minister of National Security Robert Montague commented that the new commissioner of police must come to the job with a plan to address the country's crime problems, and particularly the issues in western Jamaica. I thought that it was the minister who should set a crime-reduction policy which would be given to the police commissioner for implementation in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

It is the duty and responsibility of the national security minister and his ministry to formulate an effective and workable crime reduction policy and then instruct any serving police commissioner to implement it. Why is Montague stating that a newly appointed commissioner should come to the job with the policy?

A commissioner of police's duty and function in the main is to implement any serving government's crime-reduction plans and programmes.

Minister Montague has it all wrong. Why is he wanting to pass on his ministerial duties? Where are his crime-reduction plans and policies for the country? You are the national security minister, Mr Montague.

Frank Manborde

Grange Hill PO