I feel compelled to write this article about the management of crime: There are three views in Sunday’s Gleaner, 21st April 2013, and none in my humble opinion, are very helpful. Yes, they accentuate the problem, and Martin Henry agrees with invoking Divine Intervention. All favors, every loving act, every blessing is obtained from Divine Providence, if you believe; but it is your duty to ask.

Effective Police, effective Justice, and effective rehabilitation will make in- roads to the problem, once we put them in place; and this is the cry by all managers of the economy. But, we need the tools and expertise to do the job, and most writers have said as much over the past fifty years; alas, these tools are not forthcoming for some reason, or perhaps we have not identified them properly.

Robert Wynter offers no solace either. He outlines a series of management tactics, which in any business will contribute to a solution: Strategic plans calls for strategic implementation, but an effort at implementation needs a sincere and committed operator; I cannot see a society, a group of persons being primed now to do a job like this.

 I can see one or two operators, one from police, and one from JDF, leading a group of committed followers, which would be a start.

Our esteemed attorney Mr. Gordon Robinson looks forward to placing good education at the forefront in reducing crime. He emphasizes the need for modern crime detection methods, and this is what it has to become. I was following on TV the hunt-down of two terrorists by the Boston Police, the FBI, and other security forces, chasing them for two days. They were clearly helped by a lot of modern tools, especially in communication and training, expertise in bomb-making, co-operation from the public. In the final analysis, the latter mattered a great deal for they obtained pictures of the bombers. Lawyer Gordon hit the nail on the head.

I saw one of the fingerprint machines (computer recorder and database), in operation at a Government of Jamaica office and I was quite impressed. If all Government Police Stations can get one hooked up, then our identifications can be kept up-to-date nationally. We should press this issue.

I do believe we need HELP from outside of Jamaica, particularly in surveillance, detection, and prevention, and we should go to the UN for that kind of help: Identifying front line officers to manage and control and direct a task force specifically to locate and disable crime families and gangs. We need to take the fight to the criminals; handle them with offensive after offensive; arrest and disable them when we can; and if in the matter of a fight, were it them or us, we would much rather it be them. We need an expert to work with Minister Bunting.

Restrain gun licenses, even drivers’ licenses and passports if there is a suspect, so mobility of the criminal is limited. I would then suggest teams of JCF/JDF members be kept on the alert to carry out offense and defense, supervised by experts in crime fighting and anti-terrorist operations; if necessary two from army and two from police, one active and one alternate.

I know we have been aggressive, but aggression has helped. While we are ahead let us stay there.


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