The murder rate in Jamaica has not subsided and I would like to take this opportunity to point to the lack of yapping by the self-styled elites on our Island on this subject.
Can you imagine if the Commissioner of police was from the Rank and file?
So what has changed.…. We have at the head of the police force, a man who comes from the little defense force, and Lord knows they know it all, so they are used to plug every hole in the leaking dyke.
As I have said before, and even as far back as when I served in the JCF, (a) you can have the best-intentioned individuals working at a problem,(b) who are willing to give their very lives for the cause, as so many have, without the right training and equipment the job will not get done.
That has been the plight of the Jamaican police department, as it has been for all of the other arms of the government.
Lack of priority funding and training cost lives, when it happens in the medical field people who should not die, end up dead in hospitals. When the police are starved of the training and resources they need, people die from elevated levels of criminal activity.
My quarrel is not with the Commissioner of Police, nevertheless, there has seen zero pressure to bring the murder rate down, or calls for Commissioner Anderson to be fired.
Remarkably, when I left the force in 1991 as a very young man, police officers didn’t even have ballistic vests. Today the JCF has some beautiful new Police stations with computer systems, that should aid in the harvesting of data making information available to police officers in a quick time.
And oh wait, they are far more educated we are told.….…. largely at the.…… you guessed it, the intellectual ghetto. But where is the data to support the idea that the police of today are better than yesteryear?
Don’t get me wrong I am 100% for higher education, but police work is a lot more than just earning a liberal arts degree that has nothing to do with police work.
The sooner we divorce ourselves from the nonsensical notion that having a degree makes one an expert on everything else the better off we will be as a country.
Conceptually, it means understanding and appreciating the value that every category of worker brings to the table. I thank the guys who get out of bed really early to pick up my garbage.
Ironically, crime has grown consistently year over year, including violent murders, because the investigative capacity of the JCF though touted when there is a bust, demonstrably lack the necessary connectivity to hold cases together when they face certain liberal judges.
Now I do understand that Jamaica’s Judges are some of the worst anywhere in the world when it comes to empathy for criminals, some of my former colleagues are up in arms about the recently concluded Uchence Wilson trial which resulted in several of the co-defendants being released by Chief Justice Brian Sykes.
I share that passion, but I also urge the police to use these obstacles to do better investigations, go the extra mile to gather that one last bit of evidence to further cement the case you work hard on.
Do what you must to reach and overcome that high bar of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
One of the reasons that as a former member of the JCF I have been diametrically opposed to Police Officers having anything to do with the University of the West Indies, (UWI), let alone receive any form of training from that institution, is the far left stance of that University.
The worldview that comes from the UWI defies common sense or reason and they damn sure do not play well in the real world. It should come as no surprise that our country still struggles mightily in literally every area of development because most of the so-called educated who run the country has been brainwashed with the same leftist dogma.
Brian Sykes is no different, and as I have said in previous articles, even though the Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, heads the Conservative Party in our country, Andrew Holness would not know Conservatism if it hits him in the face.
The Minister of National Security and the Police Commissioner was reported in one of the daily papers calling for more States of Emergencies(SOE). Commissioner Anderson argued: “So it is important that we get it. We can see every time since we’ve implemented it and it has been removed, we start to see the spike again.”
The sad reality for the Jamaican people, is that they should not expect any decrease in the violence anytime soon, and if there is a lull in the killings, it certainly will not be coming from this team.
It has become repetitive to suggest that implementing states of emergencies will only scatter criminals to other areas, it does not reduce crime, it just lowers criminality in the areas where there are large amounts of bodies of security personnel.
As a former street cop, it is rather disheartening for me that 29 years after I left the JCF it appears that the department has not grown beyond the strategies it was stuck using all those years ago.….…
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, he is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
He’s also a contributor to several websites.
You may subscribe to his blogs free of charge, or subscribe to his Youtube channel @chatt-a-box, for the latest podcast all free to you of course.