“Crime deh ever weh,” says the people, when we talk about the high murder rate.
“Why weren’t you talking about it during the PNP’s reign”? The inference being if I talk about an issue which needs addressing, I am automatically a member of whatever party is in opposition at the moment.
Our political discussions have become that binary.
It has become increasingly difficult to argue against the entrenched narrative that crime is everywhere these days, but those who see things through political lens do not care that there is ample evidence that I have been talking about crime across multiple administrations of both political parties.
“The police have the appropriate training”: Says the police and their apologists, when we say “police training is not commensurate with what’s needed today”.
Even when the incidents we see playing out in front of our eyes indicate that the training is spectacularly lacking.
Others contend that officers receive the proper training but they are not utilizing the training they received.
How can one argue that officers are trained in the correct techniques if [the brain], the very part of the body, which should kick in, does not automatically default to the training when the need arises?
So we are back to where we started, [the inadequate nature of the training]. However, talking about that issue is tantamount to flogging a dead horse.
Over the years I have become more and more skeptical of the police ability to be effective in crime reduction in Jamaica. It goes without saying that there are forces working against the police doing the job they should be doing under normal circumstances.
For example, the very [Government] comprising both political parties which ought to give the police the tools they need legislatively and physically, have spent more time and effort drafting laws which enhance the escalation of crime on the Island.
On the other hand, the police have demonstrably shown that they are woefully incapable of doing even the simplest task professionally and without looking like cartoon characters, as demonstrated above.
In fairness to these two constables, or should I say one and one-half officers, this incompetence runs the gamut?
The media gleefully piled onto ACP Welsh for his attempt at forgiveness, after all, poor Bishop Welsh had not taken into consideration that the very people who said “Hosannah, Hosannah, glory to God in the highest “, to Yeshua, days later said “crucify him, crucify” him to Pontious Pilate.
Every single person who berated Gary Welsh for trying a new approach with the motorist, (wrong or right) would have loved to have received a reprieve as the BMW driver did were they in his position.
Because it wasn’t them on the receiving end of Welsh’s largess, they wanted his head on a platter.
And when Welsh shifted gears to show the iron hand of the law, the very same people said: “Off with his head”. There was much to debate in the actions CP Welsh took, but the flash mob which came out with carving knives and pitchforks was more visceral than even Welsh must have imagined.
Curiously, the anger, derision, and venomous stench unleashed against ACP Welsh, seemed to have completely missed Commissioner of Police Antony Anderson, who was the one responsible for the placement of ACP Welsh.
But ACP Gary Welsh must have thought that his little media event with that motorist would endear him further with the media which the upper echelon of the JCF seems to believe are their friends.
Gary Welsh had no idea that that little media event would have been turned into the faux pas of the decade by the same vultures in the media.
After all, the hierarchy of the JCF has traditionally allowed the media to drive a wedge between the gazetted and rank and file of the force. As such the gazetted ranks have no compunction about throwing their subordinates to the very same vultures in the media just to curry favor.
I really had to smirk at the nonsensical gibberish of those who argue that Commissioner Anderson shares no part of the blame.
Antony Anderson is the captain of the team, he makes personnel decisions, how can he be held blameless, to the extent there is blame to go around?
Antony Anderson placed Gary Welsh in the position he fired him from.
Before Gary Welsh messed up to the extent that he is perceived to have done so, Antony Anderson messed up by choosing a total [command novice] to head a highly operational division.
For that Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police failed the country and the JCF.
But the larger problem here is something to which I have spoken for a long time. It is the whole bunch of people running around with all kinds of laurel wreaths, stars, and crowns all over their stupid looking uniforms and they have zero policing experience.
UWI police I call them, the JCF has now co-opted the fakery, lock stock and barrel from Mona, even the accents are fake as well.
The transformation of the JCF from an effective force against crime, to the courtesy corps desired by the Jamaican political and criminal class, to the extent there is a difference, is all but complete.
What exists today are high flung concepts and showy departments and sub-departments with long names.
In the end, the JCF has become the Barney Fyffe of police departments across the region and indeed the rest of the western world.
As a consequence, ZOSO’s and areas designated under the States Of Emergency, continue to experience varying degrees of bloodletting, despite the large amounts of security personnel in the areas in which they are designated.
As I have maintained for years these strategies, SOE’s, and now ZOSO’s are band-aid approaches to crime. What is needed is a systemic, dedicated and determined anti-crime process which sends a clear message that violent crimes of all nature will be dealt with in the harshest possible way under the law.
Instead, what we have is a criminal centered approach which [first] takes into consideration the rights and feelings of the criminal without even a thought for crime victims.
In the meantime, the police are incapable of making a simple arrest.