You Have To Give ‘Tony’ Anderson Time To Settle In. Wait, What?

You have to give ‘Tony’ Anderson time to set­tle in. If he does­n’t set­tle in, you are just going to appoint anoth­er com­mis­sion­er, and you do the same tra­di­tion­al things all over again.” [Horace Chang, Minister of National Security.
Ha, yes, so there you have it, the prob­lem with Jamaica’s crime prob­lem is, and has always been, the tra­di­tion­al ways of doing things, as far as this Administration is concerned.
Consequently, They threw out the bath­wa­ter, baby and all, then they real­ized, that the water was not the prob­lem, but not only did they throw out the water, they also dis­card­ed the baby in the process.
This shit is not fun­ny; it is as asi­nine as George Bush telling his FEMA direc­tor, “good job, Brownie,” even as peo­ple were on rooftops in Louisiana threat­ened by flood­wa­ters, beg­ging to be rescued.
Let me not relit­i­gate Andrew Honess’ BS; let me not give expo­sure to Delroy Chuck, and oth­ers who adopt­ed Carolyn Gomes’ lies, (you remem­ber her lies), about name brand cops!
Gomes built a name for her­self on dead police offi­cers’ blood and was award­ed nation­al hon­ors on that blood.
Andrew Holness came out of that anti-police world view, and so no one should be sur­prised that he placed Anthony Anderson over the JCF. He and his min­ions are now mov­ing the goal­post of account­abil­i­ty that was the barom­e­ter for pre­vi­ous Commissioners who came up through the ranks and told us that mur­der sta­tis­tics are not a true met­ric of suc­cess and fail­ure of crime management.
I can­not think of a more press­ing measurement. .

Horace Chang

How fuck­ing stu­pid do they real­ly think we are. Even if we ignore the obvi­ous friend­li­ness of,‘you have to give Tony Anderson time to set­tle in,’ bull­shit, we are still left with a Commissioner of Police on whose watch mur­ders have con­tin­ued to esca­late. In con­trast, his friends in the polit­i­cal are­na run pro­tec­tion for him by blow­ing smoke up our ass­es that esca­lat­ing homi­cide num­bers are not a true mea­sure­ment of fail­ure, because he is mod­ern­iz­ing the force.
Chang to the media.
That’s why you sep­a­rate homi­cide from a lot of the real­i­ties. Homicides are a big prob­lem. For every com­mis­sion­er, we have put there and min­is­ter and Government, to deal effec­tive­ly with the gangs will take us a lit­tle while. All I can say to the pub­lic is that the things that we are doing, I am con­fi­dent that they can work, but it will not hap­pen in three years. We should see some reduc­tion in the num­bers in the next 18 months, but three years is a short time to deal with many of the third-gen­er­a­tion gangs.
I won­der how this new nar­ra­tive plays with peo­ple like George Quallo, and oth­ers who were pil­lo­ried for the ris­ing crime even though they were not giv­en half the resources that have been made avail­able to Antony Anderson.
I find it inter­est­ing that this nar­ra­tive is being pushed after our arti­cle on January 28th. We asked salient ques­tions as to why Anderson still has a job even as vio­lent crimes con­tin­ue to increase?


In that arti­cle, linked above, we said the following.
It is no won­der then that since the start of 2021, the Parish of Saint James has seen an increase of 350 per­cent in mur­ders against the pre­vi­ous year.
Saint James may be expe­ri­enc­ing the largest increase in vio­lent crime, but it is not the only Parish expe­ri­enc­ing a surge in vio­lence. The shock­ing uptick of mur­ders in the Island’s tourism mec­ca has gone on unabat­ed; it is a pre­cise met­ric of the country’s fail­ure to get its arms around this crime monster.
Pride and arro­gance will cause us to lose this once pearl of the Caribbean; igno­rance, and pre­tense are citadels of defense against the strate­gies that would inex­orably begin to turn the hell­ish crime mon­ster around.
Like pour­ing water into a bas­ket, they con­tin­ue to nib­ble around the edges. They con­tin­ue to admin­is­ter band-aids to gun­shot wounds, while con­sol­ing the casu­al­ty with plat­i­tudes, even as he bleeds to death.
Braggadocio’s pre-writ­ten state­ments of resolve, a reac­tionary show of force, only to pull back because of its unsus­tain­abil­i­ty, are noth­ing if not comical.

Antony Anderson

A week lat­er, the Nation’s Deputy Prime Minister/​Minister of National Security and his Deputy trots out a nar­ra­tive sup­port­ing Anderson, one that dis­torts the killings’ real­i­ty while point­ing to low­er num­bers in non-vio­lent offences, as a shiny thing for the local media to chase. To the local medi­a’s dis­cred­it, they did not have the courage to hold the gov­ern­ment account­able based on the facts we laid out.
Horace Chang’s con­stituen­cy sits smack dab in the mid­dle of Saint James, which over the years has become Jamaica’s most vio­lent parish.
It is rep­re­hen­si­ble that Chang, who now holds the nation­al secu­ri­ty port­fo­lio and should not have been appoint­ed to head that min­istry, much less con­tin­ue with this lev­el of fail­ure, now finds him­self mak­ing excus­es and ratio­nal­iz­ing away the admin­is­tra­tion’s fail­ures on the issue of crime.
On the one hand, sup­pli­cants to the sta­tus quo argue that the Government and the Police com­mis­sion­er can­not be held account­able for mur­ders, and in par­tic­u­lar, mur­ders that emanate from domes­tic disputes.
If that is true, then Chang’s deputy Matthew Samuda’s state­ments are to be treat­ed the same way we treat the rest of our garbage. Samuda argued; that under Major General Anderson’s stew­ard­ship, lar­ce­ny cas­es have dropped by 70 per­cent, rob­bery 50 per­cent, break-ins 30 per­cent, rape over 40 per­cent, and aggra­vat­ed assault cas­es have dropped by over 50 percent.

Notice that there is no talk about the esca­lat­ing mur­der sta­tis­tics? There is a rea­son for that, and as I have said in pre­vi­ous arti­cles, and the video above, from time to time, events in Jamaica lead to sharp drops in cer­tain cat­e­gories of crimes, that the police can­not claim cred­it for.
In the Youtube video above done in 2019, I made the very same case against the deflec­tions and dis­trac­tions that the Government was engag­ing in, even as it pur­sued fail­ing and failed strate­gies that were bear­ing no fruits, but were result­ing in more and more Jamaicans being killed, some need­less­ly, oth­ers as a direct con­se­quence of the gov­ern­men­t’s incompetence,stubbornness and arrogance.
As far as I know, those drops have nev­er been stud­ied, but world cup soc­cer has always been one such event when even heart­less crim­i­nals take a break from their ghoul­ish practices.
This down­turn in non-vio­lent offens­es, and rapes may be attrib­uted to the COVID-19 out­break that has sig­nif­i­cant­ly changed the way peo­ple operate.
For exam­ple, as a detec­tive sta­tioned at Constant Spring, I real­ized that house­break­ings were rife in Havendale Saint Andrew for the sim­ple rea­son that Havendale was a beau­ti­ful bed­room com­mu­ni­ty of mid­dle-class peo­ple who left their homes to go out to work.
These folks did not have helpers, so their homes were prime targets.
On the con­trary, the more upscale com­mu­ni­ties of Norbrook and Cherry Gardens had rob­beries. Those homes had helpers, so the preda­tors would pounce on house­hold helpers when they ven­tured out­side to com­plete a task. 

I am not a crim­i­nol­o­gist; it is up to the experts to fer­ret the truth that lies deeply buried in the data. But let us not be fooled by bureau­crats and politi­cians who would try to use num­bers to deceive and mislead.
If Horace Chang has a strate­gic plan that deliv­ered those low­er num­bers in non-vio­lent crimes, let us see them.
In fact, we will be mak­ing a for­mal request come Monday, February 8th to the Ministry of National Security and the Office of the Commissioner of Police for evi­dence of those strate­gies that led to those reductions.
All law-abid­ing Jamaicans want a crime-free soci­ety, but if it comes down to hav­ing few­er break-ins and rob­beries against few­er mur­ders, I believe the major­i­ty of the peo­ple would pre­fer few­er killings.





Mike Beckles is a for­mer Police Detective, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog mike​beck​les​.com.