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.