Talking About Crime Holness Wrong Again

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on crime in the link below


When you so-called ‘dom­i­nate the space,’ you are doing so with the bod­ies of police offi­cers and sol­diers who must nec­es­sar­i­ly be pulled from oth­er duties.
We also know that when you ‘dom­i­nate a par­tic­u­lar space,” crime goes down in that space. That is a mat­ter of com­mon sense, but it is a polit­i­cal sleight of hand because the crime pro­duc­ers do not sim­ply give up on crime; they move to a dif­fer­ent “space” and con­tin­ue with their activ­i­ties. This usu­al­ly means that once peace­ful com­mu­ni­ties inex­orably end up over­run with criminals.
The proof that ZOSOS & SOEs do not work lies in the actu­al crime sta­tis­tics. Crime is [not] trend­ing down in Jamaica, so that’s the end of that con­ver­sa­tion. Everything said after that is imma­te­r­i­al and inconsequential.
Sure, crime trends down in spaces so-called dom­i­nat­ed by the bod­ies of the secu­ri­ty forces, but they trend up oth­er areas.
Mister Prime Minister, I am a Jamaica that has worked those streets; stop try­ing to deceive the peo­ple with these statements.
SOE’s & ZOSO’s essen­tial­ly adds up to a whack-a-mole strat­e­gy that does noth­ing about the under­ly­ing problem.
Over the years, I have offered up strate­gies that I know will work; addi­tion­al­ly, many oth­er for­mer offi­cers have offered up strate­gies that we know will work to begin to bend the curb.
[YOUR] unwill­ing­ness to lis­ten to any­one but the sound of your own voice and your ego makes it impos­si­ble for you to step back and say I was wrong.
Your poli­cies on crime have failed.
Antony Anderson’s sup­posed renew­al of the JCF is not a crime-fight­ing strategy.
It is a pre­scrip­tion for disaster.
Under nor­mal con­di­tions, you would prob­a­bly be a good leader, but your dis­dain for police offi­cers and the thank­less tasks they are asked to do makes them pub­lic ene­my num­ber one in your eyes.
The coun­try needs strong anti-crime leg­is­la­tion; it needs truth in sen­tenc­ing, it needs to remove sen­tenc­ing dis­cre­tion for vio­lent crimes from the pre­view of judges.