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Rapid response key to fighting crime

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is generally accepted that rapid response is one of the most effective ways of getting credible evidence at a crime scene and stopping further escalation of crime at any one event. There is evidence that would indicate that the chances of solving a crime diminish significantly after the first 48 hours.

MAINTAINING EVIDENCE

Witnesses who will speak spontaneously immediately after an event may be more reluctant afterwards, and there is greater chance of forensic evidence being contaminated.

One of the characteristics of law enforcement in developed countries is the responsiveness of police personnel. When you call 911 in the United States, for example, usually the police are quick on the spot and out in their numbers. Sometimes, the criminal or would-be criminal is not far away from the scene and the rapid intervention saves the day. In Jamaica, our police are often not as quick on the scene.

Resources and efforts targeted at improving response time could make a significant difference to this end.

COLIN GYLES

Deputy President, UTech