THE EDITOR, Sir:
I read a story in The Huffington Post which stated that, as of December 29, 2013, New York City (NYC) had recorded a total of 333 murders.
Yes, a metropolis with a population roughly three times that of Jamaica has recorded close to four times fewer murders than would have been committed in Jamaica in a 12-month span.
Why is it that our police officials and national security minister are not picking the brains of the New York Police Department's management brass to see what it is that they are doing right in fighting violent crime?
What are they doing that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is not? Why not see if any of those methods can be applied here in Jamaica and, if so, then let us emulate them. I know there might be folks who will pooh-pooh the suggestion and say that a comparison between NYC and Jamaica is not a fair one to make, but if one looks at the number of murders in NYC for the last 30 years they'll see that they peaked in 1991 with just under 2,300 folks slain that year.
Since then, murders have been trending downward. Where as 333 murders might be the best that will be achieved, the same was said when murders had dropped to 600, 500 and then 400.
I will not speculate on whether 333 murders in NYC is is as good as it will get there, but the fact that a metropolis the size of NYC can have far fewer murders than Jamaica says something about how both places go about fighting crime, and for one place it's not a good reflection.