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Recruit cops with high-value skills

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Crime-fighting measures are ineffective because the current leaders are not conversant with scientific approaches in combating that which has been allowed to paralyse commerce and industry.

Two factors must be taken into consideration when planning measures to defeat or stay ahead of the criminals.

The first is to pay close attention to the academic calibre of the recruits. It is self-defeating to recruit unemployed college graduates with majors that are not in demand on the job market. Furthermore, many of these graduates have not mastered research skills - something necessary in the field of criminology.

Crime fighting requires people who are problem solvers. Law-enforcement recruiters must be able to attract graduates in the field of engineering, whether civil, electrical, electronic, mechanical, or software. Crime fighters also need the thinking power of accountants and statisticians.

The second point is also significant. It has to do with the appointment of political figureheads. The responsibility of the minister of national security should be shouldered by someone who has the ability to analyse and work with the professionals to meet the challenges that crime presents and overcome those challenges in the short term. An example of a person of such brilliance is the former minister, Dr Peter Phillips.

GLEN GEORGE WILSON

Springfield, St Elizabeth