Over the years we have all seen evidence that the police are timid, unsure, and unprepared for what they are facing on the streets.
I have personally asked the police for evidence that the incidents we see of the police acting like keystone cops, is not indicative of poor training. Time and again we have been told that training is top-notch.
I have consistently pushed back at that notion, having served and having seen the training. Moreover having had to create my own protective mechanisms, I was absolutely sure that young officers are not being remotely properly prepared for the streets.
In yet another example of its old plantation mentality, the Jamaica Constabulary Force is demonstrating that despite ad-hoc cosmetic changes, the JCF is still the same decrepit and dysfunctional old house that cannot stop the water seeping in.
Blustery, bullying and sensible sounding explanation have replaced blustery, bullying and dumb sounding explanations.
Sure, the leadership of the Force has more degrees today, but are they any smarter, are they any more educated than in the past? Their explanations sound more plausible but the truth of the matter is that it is the very same bullshit wrapped in a shinier package.
Student Constables in training in batches [121 and 122] have become restive, because they have no idea when they will be allowed to graduate or (passed out) from their long training.
According to the trainees they completed four months of training and have been sent into divisions from July 2019.
According to the student constables, at the time of their enlistment, they were told that they would be doing four months basic training and four months in several divisions across the island, in addition to three weeks preparing for graduation.
To date, they are still working in the police divisions across the country, without having completed their training, without a police officer’s salary and they have no idea when the situation will end.
Now I gotta tell you, I did not know that the salaries of student constables are less than that of a graduated constable.
I do not recall that being the case, but they may have made those changes on the backs of these poor young people who have stepped up to serve their country, while duplicitously keeping them from graduating to maximize exploiting them.
Now consider that the JCF cannot find quality recruits to fill the ever-changing demands of the force. Also consider that Jamaica has one of the lowest officers to population ratio anywhere in the world, which puts the lives of Jamaicans in danger and makes the job of the police that much more dangerous, and the risks to their persons exponentially greater.
Also, consider that Jamaica is one of the most violent nations in the world, and that the murder rate is the second-highest in the world.
Consider that approximately 600 officers resign from the force each year, and that number does not include those retiring, or those who are fired.
When all of the foregone is considered, the question becomes why would the JCF exploit and abuse the young people who have stepped forward to serve their country by using these archaic tactics which clearly places them at a disadvantage on so may levels?
The information emanated from a letter written by one or more student constables who are concerned that they are in limbo and the police department is not giving them the answers they are entitled to.
The constables outlined just how uncertainty is negatively impacting their lives.
Welcome to the JCF young people,[sarcasm].
In an article I wrote a few months ago, I repeated that given a chance I would take the young officers and dump the entire high command, with the exception of a few here or there.
In the manner that has become the modus operand of the JCF, the leaderships pushed back on the claims of the young officers to be, arguing that there are no financial constraints preventing their graduation as some have speculated.
Said the [plantation owners], (sorry), I meant the high command;
“These batches [121 and 122] were initially designated to be passed out in December of 2019.
They were trained at the staff college for an initial period of four months, after which they are sent to the training division for a four-month period of training in the live environment. It is after this period which they would be graduated or ‘passed out’.
“However, due to the realities of violence and crime facing the country, coupled with the challenges to law and order in our main urban centers, the JCF and – more importantly – the nation needed them to remain deployed. Their continued deployment carried over into the new year as the conditions on the ground remained largely the same.”
So here is the reality, from July to February is roughly 8 months. The sounds you hear, that’s me slapping my chest and counting my fingers.
Add that to the four months they did at the staff college, that’s a whole year. and remember they will still have to go back and do fieldcraft, and prepare for graduation.
Why would the police commissioner not communicate the reason for the delay to these young people?
The reason is simple, as the multitude of people who have passed through the JCF has maintained all along, the agency is incompetent and it’s leadership arrogant, unresponsive and ignorant bullies who have no leadership skills.
Having young untrained people doing police work is a danger to both the public and to the students.
Over the last couple of years that the Government has initiated the policy it labels ZOSO, Zones Of Special Operations, and has included States of Emergencies as part of its crime-fighting efforts, I have argued that what the Government is doing is to use the bodies of police and soldiers as a form of crime data suppressant, rather than develop a sustainable and coherent plan of action.
This statement from the high command is proof that this is all about boots on the ground and taking a chance to see if the higher visibility of security personnel will have a deterrent effect on the crime producers.
Well, we all have seen that it doesn’t work, those of us who have worked in the business saw it for what it was, a three-card-monte.
The Government of the day has been playing a dangerous game with the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable and exposed citizens. It is no better than the incomprehensive incompetence displayed by the former PNP administration as it relates to crime.
The strategy of appeasement to the Criminal rights fraternity at the expense of the lives of ordinary Jamaicans, have had disastrous consequences.
Last year we had well over 1300 Jamaicans murdered and this year is already on pace to see an eight or so percentage point increase over last year.
What has become manifestly clear is as I have warned, the intent is to secure votes, and appease the criminal rights fraternity at the expense of the security forces. This administration, like the one prior, and the one prior, has no intention of rolling up its sleeves and taking on the nation’s criminals.
Criminals know it, and as such the killings continue.
Let me be clear, there is only one strategy that will work and that cannot be whitewashed or papered over, it cannot be couched in hifalutin legalese.
The police know who the murderers are, and so does the people in the affected communities across the country.
Administrations of the two political parties have abdicated their oath to defend the Jamaican people in order to please the United States, Canada, and The United Kingdom.
They do not want Jamaican criminals dealt with as they deal with their criminals, or even the innocent people they execute who have not committed any crimes.
At the same time, the three countries are the largest depositors of criminal deportees in Jamaica.
The so-called police watchdog groups are in fact foreign agencies dedicated to the continued slaughter of our people.
Notice that they are eerily silent regardless of the gruesome nature, or the number of people killed each day?
They don’t care, what they are focused on is ensuring that criminals are kept alive to disrupt the Island’s potential of becoming a self-sufficient developed state.
This Government has repeatedly stated that it does not want the police to kick doors in and go after criminals. This means that the administration is quite comfortable with the murderers existing as long as they do not make the administration look bad.
Please do not smile comrades. I am not making a political statement. I am making a Jamaican statement. Neither political party wants the crime epidemic in the country solved.
Unless the Police are freed up to go in guns blazing to eradicate and exterminate these killers there is no hope that this totally preventable bloodshed will dry up.
Both political parties in government and in opposition, understand that for the most part, the people being affected by the violence are the poorest citizens, politicians have police details, their rich upper Saint Andrew cabal can afford to live in gated communities with private security guards, some better armed than the police.
On the other hand, they are quite comfortable having untrained people out in the public giving the public the false impression that they are being protected.
It is a monumental fraud and it has been exposed for all to see.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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