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Choosing ZOSOs isn't rocket science

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Once again, our political leaders have placed themselves in a position for their competence to be questioned. This time, it's no less a person than Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his security council.

With the first zone of special operations having been named, and the reasons given why that particular area was to first designated, then for it to be found out that it was based on faulty police records, it's an embarrassment.

This has brought me back to the question: What are the criteria that would trigger the naming of a special zone? I contended that it ought not be because there has been a flare-up of violence or an alarming number of people murdered in a community.

It would be with the understanding that such a move is purely reactive, when the horse has gone through the gate.

We all know the communities that are prone to gun violence, many of which have very strong political ties and are armed to the teeth.

Therefore, there is no need for any specific data to figure out areas to be named special zones if the objective is about the dismantling gangs and neutralising threats to communities.


Kingston 19