THE EDITOR, Sir:
Hats off to Superinten-dent Carol McKenzie, commanding officer for the Westmoreland Police Division, for his statements published in The Gleaner on October 16 ('Your sons and daughters are the criminals, says Westmoreland top cop').
Mr McKenzie challenged the Jamaican public to get more involved in crime fighting by giving up the criminals. This is a long-overdue challenge by the superintendent, and the country needs to hear this message consistently and take it seriously.
The superintendent is right. The Jamaican public knows who and where the criminals are located in their respective communities. Some communities are loyal to the 'no informer' rule, while in others, the criminal elements are too highly respected. As a consequence, these same people suffer from their indiscretions. Then the same communities have a way of complaining about how they can't have peace.
Jamaica does not have a perfect police force, but there are still good policemen (and women) who put their lives on the line to protect the public. For too long, the public has complained about the little the police do, while abrogating its own responsibility.
With the rate of crime going up in Jamaica and the rate of prosecution going down, something needs to be done. Jamaica needs to awaken from its slumber and do its part to root out the criminals.
Brooklyn, New York