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Former politicians blame for today's crime

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 4:06 PMChristopher Serju

SOCIOLOGIST DR Orville Taylor on Tuesday blasted Jamaican parliamentarians of yesteryear for their pivotal role and enduring legacy in seeding the criminal activities now plaguing the country.

Taylor lamented that, though some of these parliamentarians are no longer active in the political arena, the country and this generation continue to pay a heavy price for their foul deeds committed more than 35 years ago.

"One of the benefits of being a 50-odd year-old man with a very good long-term memory is that I remember some of the nasty things that happened in the 1970s," Taylor told the Lasco/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015/2016 awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.

"There were times when we had ministers of government, some of whom had responsibility for security, and their opposition people were arming thugs, yes, in the name of politics. And those guns, like the mongooses which were brought here to get rid of the cane toads and the rats, have not been removed and they are trying to blame the police to clean up their mess," Taylor told the audience comprised mainly of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Taylor, who was delivering the keynote address at the 18th staging of the annual event, went on to recognise National Security Ministry Peter Bunting for being part of a new political order.

celebrating excellence

"Minister, one of the reasons why I stay here and why I am here is that I know that in the 1970s and '80s, you were not part of the mess that our politicians tried to create. I'm here because I want to celebrate excellence. I've looked at the journey, I've mapped it, I'm mapping it (and) there is a lot to be done, but there is a lot that has been done. I'm totally confident that, if we have the will and the support and the strength of character and the desire to be truthful ... we shall make this place a better place."

Meanwhile, Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo of the Inspectorate of Constabulary Division is the LASCO/JCF Police Office of the Year for 2015/16, with Sergeant Randy Sweeney of the St Catherine North Division named first runner-up and Sergeant Christopher Ward of the St Mary Division adjudged second runner-up.