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Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:18 AM


The government’s job, first and foremost, is to protect the rights of the Jamaican people. However, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is threatened, on a daily basis, by criminal monsters who prey upon decent, law-abiding, hard-working, honest citizens, who simply want to be happy, safe, secure, and live peacefully with their fellow citizens.

However, murder, mayhem, violence, vulgarity and wickedness have become the order of the day for a minority of depraved, amoral and greedy individuals. It is easy, for some, to blame the church for the aforementioned. However, without the impact of the Christian church, from consistently preaching the gospel to helping the poor, and in many other positive ways, Jamaica would be significantly worse off.

On the contrary, it is the 300 criminal gangs that are to be blamed for the island’s current crime- and violence-ridden state of affairs, in addition to corrupt politicians, corrupt policemen, corrupt businessmen, corrupt customs officers, and wealthy attorneys. The latter defend known criminals and their cronies, time and time again, and accept payments for their legal services, even though, in many cases, such attorneys are paid with ‘blood money’ or from the proceeds garnered from criminal acts, including bribery, threats and/or robbery.

The implementation of JamaicaEye – which, as far as I’m concerned, is the most effective, most practical and most innovative evidence-capturing, crime-fighting and crime-prevention tool –unfortunately, is moving at snail’s pace. As such, it seems to me that the political will to implement this long-overdue, long-awaited, much-talked-about, internationally renowned, and tried, tested and proven crime-fighting tool is not there, or not there yet.

Patrick Gallimore