Security ministry promises meeting to resolve Crime Stop issues
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
The Ministry of National Security has given an assurance that it will be meeting with the Police High Command and Crime Stop personnel to forge a path forward.
This followed complaints by Head of the Crime Stop, Peter John Thwaites, that the success of the programme is being stymied by new arrangements that have been put in place by the Police High Command.
The Gleaner reported yesterday that Thwaitwes was displeased with the treatment being meted out to the highly successful 20-year-old Crime Stop initiative.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major General Stewart Saunders, says he is aware of concerns being expressed by Thwaites and the Jamaica Constabulary Force regarding the Crime Stop Programme.
Saunders said in a statement today that he would be meeting with both parties to discuss the way forward in an effort to arrive at the best possible solution to the issue.
He says by utilising the capacities of both organisations, a resolution will be found which will help reduce the incidents of crime and violence islandwide.
Thwaites has expressed appreciation to the Ministry for its support over the years, but complained that a programme to filter information to the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) was a hindrance to the desired results.
He charged that “hierarchical bureaucracy and constipation” in the police investigative system have been challenging the more than 20-year long competence of the initiative.
Under the new system, Crime Stop was forced to channel the information that had been fed to it into NIB who took “forever” to re-direct it into the relevant arm of the JCF.
Initially, Crime Stop channeled the tips it received from anonymous members of the public directly to the relevant area, which shorten the period of contact and increased effectiveness of the system.
Data suggests that since the new programme was implemented to filter information through the NIB, the success rate of one in every five tips yielding results dropped to one in 67.
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