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Letter of the Day: Jamaica’s most wanted: a police force with thinkers

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM


It seems the police have become so desensitised to the bloodletting across Jamaica that they simply see murders in terms of figures, not realising that each figure represents an individual, another fellow human, another life snuffed out without any regard.

It is time that the police force wake up and start seriously doing something to tackle the crime wave, especially the rising murder toll. The killing of a one-year-old in the arms of his father earlier this week and the callous murder of a University of Technology medical student should serve as wake-up calls. Unless the police force starts doing something, these murders will continue because the hoodlums know they will not get caught.

The police force's investigative capacity seems very weak, and they appear to be a bunch of shallow thinkers. If some weapons are found at the wharves, they call the media to show off a range of weapons. Nobody gets arrested because instead of waiting for someone to turn up to collect them, they run for photo ops.

Instead of tracking them to nab the criminals and perhaps even recover more weapons, they rush to bask in their incompetence in front of television cameras.

A simple process of tracking the phone of the girl who handed over her handbag could have led the no-brain cops to the killers within minutes on Wednesday night. A strategy needs to be worked out with the telecoms providers to block calls on a stolen phone, such as in this instance. If the calls aren't blocked, people will ring the phone and the continuous ringing will lead the crooks to turn it off. If it's not ringing, it's not a bother, which is good, since it can now be tracked real time.

It might also be possible to see which other phones are in the vicinity and travelling in the vehicle with the stolen one, which can also identify the culprits. And for heaven's sake, don't tell the world how you found them!




The other day, the education ministry was also announcing that the metal detectors led them to a gun at a Corporate Area school. We need to know what to say and when to shut up. If we keep telling the crooks how we find them, they'll just figure a way how to beat the system.

All Jamaicans need to also throw their full support behind the police force. The political blame game needs to stop because none of the parties have made any serious dents against crime, nor do either seem to have a will or a plan, especially with those hoodlums who are similarly politically aligned.

Unless the criminals are forced to think twice, knowing that there is a great possibility that they will get caught, things will only get worse. The police force is in serious need of thinkers. Give us vision, Lord, lest we perish.