Mister Prime Minister, Please Admit That Your Way Has Failed For The Good Of The Country, Sir.…..

Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness

Let’s all take a step back and admit that inso­far as crime is con­cerned this Jamaican Government, like the one before, has played its hand and lost.
Can we at least be hon­est with our­selves that declar­ing States of Emergencies and installing Zones Of Special Operations are only serv­ing to dis­perse and dis­trib­ute crim­i­nals to oth­er areas, away from those des­ig­nat­ed zones?


So the Prime Minister has just returned to the Island from a CARICOM con­fer­ence, he announced that a State Of Emergency has been declared in the Saint Andrew South Police Area. For those of you not famil­iar with the geog­ra­phy of the Kingston Metropolitan area, that is in the area called the Hunt’s Bay Police divi­sion.

State of Public Emergency has been declared in the St. Andrew South Police Division

A State of Public Emergency has been declared in the St. Andrew South Police Division. The Government remains com­mit­ted to strate­gi­cal­ly address­ing issues relat­ing to safe­ty and secu­ri­ty in our com­mu­ni­ties and across the coun­try. I ask all Jamaicans to report what you know about dons, drugs and guns to help make Jamaica a safer space.

Posted by Andrew Holness on Sunday, July 7, 2019

At the same time, there are hot spots spring­ing up all across the Island. Clarendon is out of con­trol as gang­sters run the place in that parish so to speak. Elsewhere in the cor­po­rate area, crime has gone up in most police divi­sions wip­ing out the reduc­tions expe­ri­enced in 2018.
Even in Manchester, a Parish not exact­ly know for uncon­trol­lable crime, things have seem­ing­ly got­ten out of hand. We made some inquiries as to what could have caused the crime spike in that parish?
We want­ed to under­stand why Manchester which saw a 31% reduc­tion in mur­ders last year is expe­ri­enc­ing a 100% increase in mur­ders?
We learned that the Commanding offi­cer for that Parish, hands-on Superintendent Wayne Cameron has been away from that com­mand for the past six months and all hell seemed to have bro­ken loose.
A lit­tle bird has informed us that the Superintendent may be back at the helm of that divi­sion so hope­ful­ly, things will sta­bi­lize in that parish soon­er than lat­er.

In Clarendon two mem­bers of the JDF have been gunned down in the space of 15 days the lat­ter was killed this morn­ing after a par­ty in the Clarendon Park area of the parish.
Dead is Private Paul Lindsay oth­er­wise called Gary who was shot rough­ly eight times by an assailant who report­ed­ly emerged from near­by bush­es and opened fire on Lindsay who had just con­clud­ed a round-robin par­ty.
On June 22nd Private Garfield Williams was gunned down along ceme­tery road in Denbigh, in the same parish.


Whether there is a sys­temic cam­paign of ter­ror against mem­bers of the JDF is still unclear, as two deaths do not estab­lish a full pat­tern. At the same time, there has been a steady increase in vio­lence in the parish, which has prompt­ed some to call for the removal of that com­mand­ing offi­cer Mrs. Cameron-Powell.
In fair­ness to Mrs. Cameron Powell and any oth­er com­man­der who would tack­le that divi­sion the strate­gies need­ed to bring crime to a screech­ing halt will not be tol­er­at­ed by this Prime Minister his cabal of crim­i­nal rights lob­by or the coun­try in gen­er­al.

Just today I saw a post made by the Prime Minister, in it, he asked cit­i­zens to report inci­dents of crime to the author­i­ties. He had the JDF tip line ahead of the nation’s police tip line.
To some peo­ple, this may be incon­se­quen­tial, not to me. Since he came to office he has demon­strat­ed that he doesn’t care too much about the police, and as we have seen he even made a for­mer head of the JDF the police com­mis­sion­er.
Again, this may not seem like much to the aver­age non-skep­tic, but, to me, he has vir­tu­al­ly made the JDF his police depart­ment of choice.

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There is only one law enforce­ment agency in the coun­try that agency is the JCF

Now here is the kick­er, not only has he made the JDF the new police force, but the so-called awe and love that pre­vi­ous­ly exist­ed for the mil­i­tary because its mem­bers were not as exposed as the mem­bers of the JCF are, and they weren’t out there arrest­ing peo­ple, is now gone and the guns are turn­ing on them.
I warned that that would occur, giv­en time and his pen­chant for push­ing the JDF as a pseu­do-police force.


The for­mer gov­ern­ment of the PNP did not have a clue how to end the crime scourge plagu­ing our coun­try. The for­mer Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, a man now locked in a strug­gle for the lead­er­ship of the par­ty, once said that the coun­try need­ed divine inter­ven­tion to deal with crime.
As Minister with respon­si­bil­i­ty for crime Bunting’s state­ment was shock­ing and trans­par­ent­ly clear that the par­ty and admin­is­tra­tion were bereft of ideas and need­ed to be put out to pas­ture.
Win or lose Peter Bunting and the PNP are still in the dark as to solu­tions for this cri­sis.


Jamaica got rid of hang­ing to suit great Britain and for what? Britain does not have heav­i­ly armed gun­men roam­ing their streets killing whomev­er they wish.
In Jamaica, there is a bat­tery of crim­i­nal rights advo­cates oper­at­ing as human rights activists, many of them with bases in Washington DC.
Additionally, Jamaica has cast aside its hard­core police offi­cers in search of a [Utopian]sic cour­tesy corps to sat­is­fy the Leahy amend­ment.
See Act here: https://​fas​.org/​s​g​p​/​c​r​s​/​r​o​w​/​R​4​3​3​6​1​.​pdf .
In addi­tion to that, they cre­at­ed INDECOM and oth­er lay­ers of over­sight of the JCF rather than spend those resources upgrad­ing and equip­ping the JCF.
This has result­ed in mass attri­tion from the force. In the process of try­ing to stem the mass exo­dus, back­ground checks have suf­fered and so the image of the force con­tin­ues to suf­fer.
Ironically, as it relates to the Leahy amend­ment, the help Jamaica would receive from the US for it’s con­for­mi­ty to the dic­tates of that act is so mar­gin­al it was not worth it.


According to the ACLU, the US has not rat­i­fied any inter­na­tion­al human rights treaties since December 2002, when it rat­i­fied two option­al pro­to­cols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since that time, impor­tant new treaties have been adopt­ed and oth­er long-stand­ing treaties have gained new mem­ber states. Unfortunately, the US has too often remained out­side these efforts. For exam­ple, the US is the only coun­try oth­er than Somalia that has not rat­i­fied the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most wide­ly and rapid­ly rat­i­fied human rights treaty in his­to­ry. It is one of only sev­en coun­tries-togeth­er with Iran, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Sudan, and Tonga- that has failed to rat­i­fy the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Simply put, the US does not allow any­thing to get in the way of uphold­ing its laws.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, a busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. 
He is a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. 
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