THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Crime Stop programme has been a major force in helping to solve murders in Jamaica since its inception. Therefore, it would be foolhardy and shortsighted for this well-run, private-sector-sponsored organisation to be dissolved in favour of the National Intelligence Bureau taking over its mission and mandate. Yet, this is the call being made by the top brass of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
It seems to me that the JCF needs to fix the flaws highlighted by chairman of Crime Stop, Peter John Thwaites, and continue the symbiotic and highly beneficial relationship between these two crime-fighting organisations.
Furthermore, generally speaking, non-governmental organisations are highly trusted and effective, unlike bureaucracy-infested governmental bodies which, more often than not, fail to live up to their missions and mandates.
Do not put a stop to Crime Stop!
PATRICK A. GALLIMORE