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The police alone can't fight crime

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

THIS IS not the time to play silly, blackmailing and childish games in Jamaica, when the country is looking for all its citizens to join in to help fight criminals. Asking an innocent man to resign from his job because you are afraid is very unprofessional. "Failure to do that, there is going to be something else which we will hold for now," warned David White, general secretary of the Police Federation.

Fighting crime in Jamaica is not only for the police to do. The police alone cannot fight crime, and anyone thinking otherwise is living in cloud cuckoo land. The ordinary citizens need the police and the police need the ordinary citizens to strangle crime in our beloved country. But for us to really fight crime in Jamaica, the country will need all its bodies to fight this virus.

A group effort

A few of the groups that the country will need on its side to fight crime include the police and soldiers to fight hardened criminals, the Office of the Contractor General to fight corruption, Jamaicans For Justice to fight for the citizens when crimes are committed against them by the State, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to prosecute crimes committed by the security forces, a good education system to educate the citizens so that they know right from wrong, the church to instil God in us because right now Satan is at work, and animal rights groups to prosecute crimes against animals.

In conclusion, the police must let the other groups help them to fight crime, because that is the only way Jamaica will be free of it. It is idiotic of Mr White to think the police alone can fight crime. It is a fallacy to think that only One Order and Clansman gangs are committing crime in Jamaica.

Hero Carlito

herocrlito@yahoo.com