Ja needs new crime-fighting strategies

Published: Monday | November 19, 2012 Comments 0


I EXTEND my condolences to the family and co-workers of Corporal Robert Sortie, who was murdered last Friday night.

As a young Jamaican who left the island as a child, and who is always looking forward to heading home and making a contribution with some of the skills I have learned in the criminal justice system/public service of the United States, I can honestly say I am cautiously optimistic, and at times I am scared.

Sure, one can argue that crime happens everywhere. The US is not immune from criminal activities, but when a small island like Jamaica has headlines filled with the killings of law-enforcement officers, rape and the murder of students and business leaders, it projects a bad image for future visitors.


We shine on the global stage in several areas, but the untold story is that Jamaica needs a new crime-fighting strategy. War between law enforcers and criminals will not resolve some fundamental issues.

I have been to several other countries, and to be honest, I have never been as scared as when I think of returning home. Anyway, I hope one day we can move forward, and find a way to use economic mobility to move these folks to a better future.



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