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New crime strategy a welcome change

Published:Thursday | November 9, 2017 | 12:07 AM


On Thursday, November 2, 2017, a commentary by Garth Rattray was published entitled 'Solid crime strategy'. From my reading, the plan is essentially a sound one. Its basis covers what most would describe as the core of crime and violent activities in Jamaica. It is certainly hoped that in covering the bases we will eventually be able to take a firm grip on crime.

The five-pillar crime strategy will seek to: restore trust in the security forces; provide sure and swift justice; fight crime through social development; and situational crime prevention. All of these factors can be blamed for the nation's crime woes. Imagine putting the plug to all of them, in one fell swoop. Restoring trust in the security forces will assist the crime fight by giving those with information the confidence they now lack to share what they know with the police. Sure and swift justice means that those who have committed wrongs and those who have been wronged will see justice in a much shorter time frame. In my opinion, that is the biggest deterrent.

The third and fourth pillars seek to oust crime through social development; the mobilisation and empowerment of youth and stomping out the root causes of crime; poverty, poor parenting, poor education and lack of conflict resolution.

The ministry's commitment to fighting crime in new and ingenious ways is a welcome change; clearly the 'old Jamaican crime plan' hasn't reaped much benefit. We need a multifaceted approach, focusing on many aspects all at once to rid our country of crime. So, yes, the gangs, the guns, social intervention, harsher penalties, etc., all have to work together to bring about the goal. What we need is a resocialisation of the population, and this new crime plan has the stock to do so. Congratulations to the Minister of National Security. Sir, I think we have a winner.

Charmaine McGregor

Long Mountain