The private sector says new curfews resulting from COVID-19 could see some reversal of the recent economic gains and the recovery of jobs.
At the rate, Jamaica is going in murders, road fatalities, and, covid death pretty soon there will be no shortage of jobs, there won’t be anyone to fill those jobs.
It is a delicate balance that the government is forced to strike in trying to prevent spikes in COVID-19 cases while considering the country’s economic health. I am yet unsure whether forcing people to stay inside their homes from 8;00 is the right way to go?
The country’s leadership will have to decide whether it is feasible to lock people in their homes under the penalty of jail to fight the virus, as against the perception that these curfews are intended to maintain the drop in non-violent crimes the country has been witnessing.
A few days ago, the Minister of National Security Horace Chang and his deputy told local media that the prime strategies they have in place are working, despite the spate of killings across the Island. Chang pointed to police statistics that show a dip in non-violent offenses like housebreaking, in that data were fewer rapes and robberies.
Murders were conveniently left ut of Chang’s presentation.
I pointed out that crime is not a political issue; I support the administration in other areas, not national security. To suggest that “we have to give Tony Anderson more time to settle in” is an insult to every cop from District Constable to Deputy Commissioner.
More than all, it is an insult to the Jamaican people as murders continue unabated to tell us that you are renewing Anderson’s contract because he is modernizing the force.
What does that modernizing entail, that we are forced to accept the daily murders of our family members while some bureaucrat modernizes the force?
If “Tony Anderson” cannot walk and chew gum simultaneously, he has no business being in the job he has. It is up to Horace Chang to modernize the force; the police chief’s job is to ensure that crime is contained to a minimum.
In fact, Tony Anderson had no credentials in policing, law, or any other discipline closely related to the task of being a chief constable. He got the job out of blatant politics, and we are being forced to accept him whether we like his work or not.
I hate to find myself making a case for the police high command, and I do so in principle, not out of affection, or respect for that club’s members. Nevertheless, it is a slap to their faces the way this administration treats them. No, no, the PNP is far worse, so in actuality, the police find themselves between dumb and dumber, more arrogant and most arrogant.
Many members of the police high command are mere political lapdogs to the corrupt little politicians; it is nauseating.
That is the reason Andrew Holness has no respect for them. For those reasons, we are ordered to “give Tony Anderson time”[sic].
No commissioner of police to come up from the constable rank would have received such grace and deference.
But this is hardly about making the case against Anderson; I have never met him; as I have said in other forums, the guy seems like a great guy. I may have had a Red Stripe with him, assuming Holness allows him to drink a beer.
I believe that he is over his head, although I do not believe any police commissioner can successfully use the anti-crime strategies the government is using.
You cannot work in cement without experiencing cement dust. You cannot paint and not get some color on whatever you are wearing as surface apparel.
The point is that police [cannot] work with the worst criminals without getting pushback about excessive force?
As a former police officer myself, I know the streets, I have worked them with some of the best cops, and I have seen some of the worst. All in all, police officers need some latitude to do their jobs without the phalanx of know nothing opinionated Monday morning quarterbacks passing judgment without knowing the facts of allegations against them.
I am a critic of abusive and overzealous policing; I have seen it in the United States, I have seen the destructive consequences of race-based policing. And yet, in each case, that officer sare under the microscope for unlawful behavior; I wait for the facts to emerge before diving in against the officers.
As an officer in Jamaica, I was shot doing my job, but I never stopped believing in the goodness of the people I served, and I know the quality of the information they gave to me.
Our officers must get back to building relationships with the communities they serve.
In every situation in which a team fails, the focus [must]be on management, not on the team. If the team is bad, it is the coaches’ fault (commissioner & leadership team) or the team owner,(Government).
Coaches and owners do not get to blame players (police officers) for failing to win, ( contain & eradicate crime).
Regardless of circumstances of bad outcomes, it is always the leadership that’s at fault.
This Administration cannot continue to blame police officers for crime surges and escalation. It is the job of the Government to find solutions and execute those solutions.
Andrew Holness’s trying to appease foreign nations like the United States and Canada, which have their own domestic terrorism problems, is both foolish and counterproductive.
Bear in mind that it will be these same nations, including England, that will declare Jamaica a failed state when it serves their purposes.
Jamaican leaders are not quick to grasp the concept of international machinations and the way large, powerful nations manipulate smaller, less powerful countries to do their will. Many Jamaicans have already had their US visas yanked; these events ought to be a warning that powerful nations still believe it is their right to curtail the free travel of humans across the globe. They can place anyone on a terror watch list, and that person will not be able to board a flight, guilty or innocent.
Nelson Mandela was on a terror watch list.
Jamaica needs a raft of new laws to combat dangerous trans-national criminality. The country needs an expanded judiciary. It requires an expanded prosecutor’s office. The government needs a better trained, better-paid police department.
It needs an independent police review board made up of intelligent people, including former police officers who served in street units.
The country needs the repeal of the INDECOM Act. We should all be clear that the INDECOM act was forced onto Bruce Golding by foreign powers, it must be repealed.
Only when we adopt these measures will we begin to see a measurable reduction in violent crime, one that is sustainable.
locking people in their homes all night is not the answer, sure if people are in their homes hardly anyone will break-in and if they are not on the streets they are less likely t be robbed or raped.
So there you have it dear minister Horace Chang the dip in those crimes is easily explained it has nothing to do with anything your boy [Tony Anderson] is doing, it’s COVID.
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.Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.