It is clear at least to [me]that there will be no directional change in the number of killings in Jamaica anytime soon. For one, the present Prime Minister’s arrogance prevents even the most cursory re-examination of what has been happening so far, to find out where changes may be made.
The present system of one man making decisions on a subject in which (a) he has zero education and (b) where he has an obvious bias against police, will result in far more murders, not fewer.
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The insane arrogance of the Jamaican Prime Minister on the issue of crime is breathtakingly shocking. In his most naked ignorance, the prime minister still arrogantly insists today, as he did when he campaigned for office, we cannot just form a squad and send them to shoot up gunmen.
Any criminal profiler will tell you that a part of the arsenal of dealing with violent criminals is the fear that they must feel at the power of the laws and those who enforce them. By removing the element of resolve, that everything is on the table at the highest level, the Island’s criminals are comforted in the idea that they have a friend in Jamaica house.
This is far more serious than JLP/PNP; it is a threat that has existential ramifications for the island’s stability.
If we set aside the absolute mockery of the exercise in the people’s house that passes for parliamentary discourse, the utter nonsense of the Prime Minister’s supercilious address should shock all law-abiding Jamaicans.
If we ignore the woefully pathetic failings of Mark Golding and what remains of the PNP, even if we remove from our consciousness the idea that the PNP could do a better job, we are left with the more frightening specter, that as a nation, Jamaica is in serious trouble.
There is no understanding that [yes] there is only one language that means anything to Jamaica’s violent murderers; that is the language of the lawman’s guns.
Modern-day sophistry popularized by this Prime Minister has bled into the lumpen proliferate is nothing but fallacious argument, that has demonstrably failed. Jamaicans have seen what that kind of uptown pretense is capable of, and they are fed up with it. Law-abiding Jamaicans are fed up with this abdication of duty, but they have no one to stand up on their behalf.
A look at the members’ behavior in the people’s house informs without a shadow of a doubt that this sorry lot will not rescue the country. It also demonstrates why there are no standards of decorum and civility in our country.
The Prime Mister’s promise that there are greater efforts at shoring up border security is not an excuse to ignore the killings that are happening with alarming frequency daily. Even if the security forces could stop every gun coming into the country, it would not stop the killings; it would cut off the supply of weapons and ammunition, and other contraband, but it would do nothing about the willingness of killers to kill indiscriminately.
I had long advocated that the Island made a horrible gamble under Percival Patterson when it decided not to train a single detective for a full decade. The records will show that-that period represents where the police lost the fight.
As someone who came from the force’s investigative arm, I am a bit partial to it, even as I understand the need for the various arms of the force, investigative proficiency cannot be overstated.
One thing that must be made clear to this Prime Minister, even with the greatest intelligence gathering, when it’s time to go after the bloodthirsty killers, it requires competent, well-trained officers.
The death of Superintendent Leon Clunis and another officer in June of last year in Horizon Park, St Catherine, was a stark reminder of that.
I don’t expect the Prime Minister to concern himself with the minor consequence of the on-duty death of two police officers due to his policies; the rest of us do.
Stopping guns coming in and protecting the streets from the killers are not zero-sum issues. We have to do both simultaneously. Ramping up intelligence gathering and advancing strong enforcement are not mutually exclusive.
This Government has been one of the most criminal friendly administration since our independence. Shockingly, a Labor Party Administration could be this tone-deaf on such a seminal issue, as the critical issue of protecting the Jamaican people.
Andrew Holness’ seems to be caught up in reading his own press clippings. The idolatrous title [brogad] bestowed upon him by his supplicants, seems to have completely eaten away the part of his brain that would be receptive to common sense.
The Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has zero training or knowledge about law-enforcement. The Minister of Nation Security, Horace Chang, is a medical doctor. The Commissioner of Police, Antony Anderson, is a Soldier. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, is a Lawyer, opposed to the rule of law, who should never be allowed close to our country’s national security apparatus.
The best argument to be made for anyone that is part of the Security & Justice apparatus is Attorney General Marlene Mahaloo Forte, who really has precious little to do with crime-fighting strategies.
Again, I channel my friend,” to the people who say taking out murderers has not worked; how is rolling over and surrendering working for you”?
In the 1980s, under Edward Seaga, shooters knew that we were coming for them; there was no if’s and or buts. They sought refuge in other countries. At the time, the Island was registering 500 plus homicides. As law enforcement officers, we worked night and day to reduce those numbers because we thought that number was far too many.
The fake elites complained that our strategy was not working. How are the abject and shameful surrender working for you know-nothing opinionated fools now?
Mike writes for thinkers.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.