The single most topical issue dominating the news in Jamaica is crime. It has become such a grave concern it now dominates literally all the news cycles and the stories in the media.
The single most oft-used term this writer has used to describe the fuel to the Island’s crime situation is the pretentious nature of the decision-makers.
Today we learned that a new tactical police unit will be heading to Montego Bay to work toward eliminating the main perpetrators of violence in the crime-ravaged city according to the police.
Not exactly sure why this information would be given to criminals, however according to the police hierarchy this team is different from the other formations that are on the ground working with the military to restore law and order to the city.
The police high command announced, “This team has not hit the road since the 2010 operation in west Kingston and it has been given the duty to target the ‘big fishes”.
If my memory serves me well I believe the last time these police officers were called on to risk life and limb for our country Portia Simpson Miller brought David Simmons from Barbados to demagogue, disrespect, demean and seek to incriminate them.
Most importantly when the Nation finds itself engulfed in a pickle it turns to the police and military to bail it out from the clutches of the marauding gangsters while the Elitist decision-makers and other shit for brains, sit in their gated communities and pontificate about alleged breaches of human rights.
Just yesterday there was a constable in the news who clearly seemed to be having mental issues. The officer according to the media attempted to jump from a building in the town of Mandeville.
Shockingly, yet not surprisingly the commanding officer for the parish, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell in response to the incident responded that the obviously distraught constable is “known to create excitement when he becomes dissatisfied”.
It’s incredibly difficult to grasp that any supervisor in this day and age would be this crass, uncaring, or unlearned. However it does not surprise me one bit, this is why I have had nothing but utter disdain for the hierarchy of this police department.
That was not all however, she went to further cement her own disqualification and lack of fitness for the job she holds.
Quote: “He is not suitable to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. “He is not a fit candidate for (this) kind of job,”.
Once again the Jamaican state is in a terrible state.
Once again the Jamaican state has members of the military and the police force, putting their lives on the line in defense of the nation while others are in their beds at night.
Once again it is the Police and the soldiers who go in and give all for their country. They do not ask for much and they are given nothing.
Neither the Prime Minister nor the Leader of the Opposition nor any of the talking heads in either of the political parties has moved to give the police the cover and the guarantees they need to go in and do the job they are asked to do.
Just Yesterday I spoke directly to the Jamaican Prime Minister in this very medium. I implored him to be great, to be like Hugh Lawson Shearer the great Labor Party Prime Minister who stepped up to the plate when duty called. He did so to make sure that our nation was guaranteed the security it needed and our country was better for it.
The greatest impediment to crime-fighting in Jamaica is not the criminals who pull the trigger it is the people who benefit from crime. Criminal Lawyers, and those who benefit from the plethora of fringe groups who are supposedly in the business of looking out for human rights abuses.
National security is the number one priority of any Government. Only in secure environments are the other functions of government best realized.
Once again another Jamaican Administration is leaning heavily on the nation’s security forces for its own survival.
Yet the Administration has not offered a single guarantee to these brave unselfish men and women who risk their lives. They get no guarantees that they won’t be persecuted and hounded to the point of losing their sanity because of a taxpayer-funded agency.
Remarkable the commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams is now awakening from his slumber and recognizing what I have said since the beginning of the INDECOM law. Speaking to Jamaican Media the timid Williams echoed what he heard from his own officers that they are unwilling to engage because of persecution from Terrence Williams.
“I went out to St James on the weekend and I was told by the police officers that they have an excellent relationship with the local INDECOM officers, but the problem is what is directed from INDECOM headquarters,”.
“We are not daunted, because this is a calling and not just a job. We have taken an oath to make sure the safety and security of the people of Jamaica, and we go out to work every day to do just that, INDECOM or no INDECOM,” Williams stated.
This medium takes great pride in calling out commissioner Williams and is indeed proud that he is seemingly beginning to grow some balls.
Officers on the ground have repeatedly complained to this writer and have confirmed to Jamaican media their fear of doing their jobs only to be persecuted for years, losing their careers and ending up in financial ruin…
“If that policeman is suspended, he gets no pay; if he’s interdicted, a portion of his salary is cut,” policemen tell the media.
Simply put, Terrence Williams must be fired for crime to be addressed as it should be. He is an ego-maniacal narcissist who is being allowed to single-handedly enhance the deaths of hundreds of Jamaicans to satisfy his ego while creating a name for himself, at the expense of taxpayers. This along with a horrific criminal empowerment law.
No single person should be allowed this level of power in a democracy. No person should head any agency which is answerable to no one.
This observation is not unique to this writer, other Jamaicans have spoken out about this, including Damion Crawford, Peter Bunting and others.
This fiasco has to come to an end.
Thus far in the parish of Saint James over two hundred people have lost their lives. The Prime Minister the Honorable Andrew Holness cannot pretend that he hasn’t heard. He cannot pretend he does not see the numbers.
As a consequence every person who is killed because the security forces are too scared for their legal security to go after the killers, the Prime Minister must take responsibility for their spilled blood.
Unless there are enough guarantees given to police and soldiers going into that war zone by this government, that they will not become victims of ego-maniacal and narcissistic witch hunts.
Guarantees that they will not be scapegoats and maligned after they have silenced the guns of the Island’s urban mercenaries as they were after 2010.
Then my advice to each member of the security forces is “shoulder arms”.
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