THE EDITOR, Sir:
We continue to be troubled by the level of crime and violence in our country and have been searching for answers but are still not fully successful in how we should address this problem.
I'd like to recommend to Security Minister Peter Bunting and the police force a 2011 film documentary called The Interrupters, from which they may be able to get some insight in addressing our situation.
I have not seen the film, but based on what was told me about the concept behind it, this approach might prove helpful in tackling the problem of violence in Jamaica.
In a nutshell, reformed men and women (violence interrupters) who previously embraced street violence entered communities to mentor at-risk young people. They sought to encourage them to avoid the eye-for-an-eye mentality and to move away from the idea of repaying their enemies with evil. Dialogue was key to that process.
Please visit http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/The_Interrupters for more details and take note of the decision taken by Bermuda's national security minister after viewing the documentary.
Surely, we can find a few reformed men and women in our troubled communities who have a genuine desire to have a better, safer Jamaica.