This Government Cannot Punt Crime To (PNP), It Owns This Epidemic .….

Peter Bunting , No cred­i­bil­i­ty on crime. Once said crime demand­ed divine .inter­ven­tion

The PNP was pathet­ic on crime, for­mer min­is­ter of National Security Peter Bunting in exas­per­a­tion and total­ly clue­less, infa­mous­ly stat­ed, that the Island’s crime sit­u­a­tion need­ed divine inter­ven­tion.
That com­ment was not only stu­pid, it demon­strat­ed that they were out of their league.
Nevertheless, the Andrew Holness Administration has been in office for three years.
He and his Government owns this mess, there can no longer be the nar­ra­tive that they inher­it­ed this. Regardless of what the JLP inher­it­ed, it is in Government. It was elect­ed to fix the prob­lem, this is not the Opposition par­ty’s prob­lem, it is the Administration’s prob­lem, and it is going the oppo­site direc­tion of where it needs to be.

One can eas­i­ly under­stand the con­dem­na­tion which came down on the head of Ackaisha Green who was inside the ATM at Central Police Station on East Queen Street in down­town Kingston when she found a bag filled with mon­ey and turned it over to the police.
After all, even finan­cial­ly well to do peo­ple could hard­ly be expect­ed to do what Ackaisha did.
According to reports the young moth­er had every rea­son to take the mon­ey, being of very mod­est means her­self, but she chose to do the right thing.
The most dif­fi­cult thing for Ms. Green must have come from her own moth­er who berat­ed her for return­ing the mil­lions hav­ing ear­li­er asked her for $200.
Thankfully a flood of pledges of sup­port has been com­ing in for Ms. Green both local­ly and over­seas.
There is still some­thing to cel­e­brate in Jamaica, even more, con­se­quen­tial in my opin­ion, the hon­est 24-year-old is from the rugged inner city and not from uptown. Read the sto­ry here;

In the Book of Matthew Chapter 13 vs 1 – 9 Jesus nar­rat­ed the para­ble of the sow­er who went out to sow seeds. According to the sto­ry “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scat­ter­ing the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quick­ly, because the soil was shal­low. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they with­ered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still oth­er seed fell on good soil, where it pro­duced a crop — a hun­dred, six­ty or thir­ty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

I always mar­veled at the alacrity and effec­tive­ness with which Jamaica’s teach­ers picked up the pace after inde­pen­dence, effec­tive­ly doing a ter­rif­ic job of edu­cat­ing the Island’s chil­dren mak­ing our peo­ple who want­ed to learn, sec­ond to none across the globe.
Accordingly, we have excelled in the areas of Athletics and cul­ture, even though it could be argued that cul­tur­al­ly we are on the wane.
In all of the good things which we have accom­plished, we have made some hor­ri­ble mis­takes even as we claim to make them for the good of the nation.
It is stun­ning that we con­tin­ue to place the cart before the horse. Even when peo­ple with the pow­er of per­cep­tion say, “hey you got it all wrong’, col­lec­tive­ly, rather than turn the thing around we dou­ble down on stu­pid.

I always mar­veled at the sow­er in Matthew 13, why did­n’t he wait until he found good soil? Why did he flail away hop­ing for the best with the pre­cious seeds he had? Could it be that he too did not under­stand that in order to reap a har­vest, cer­tain things had to be done right, begin­ning with find­ing good fer­tile soil on which to scat­ter his seeds?
As the sow­er care­less­ly scat­tered the pre­cious seeds, so too have Jamaica’s polit­i­cal lead­ers squan­dered scarce resources sup­pos­ed­ly in the quest to end vio­lent crimes across the nation.
Whether it be (SOE’s) State Of Emergency, (ZOSO) Zones Of Special Operations, the Creation of (INDECOM) The Supposed Independent Commission Of Investigations, (OPD) Office Of Public Defender, and the long litany of oth­er catchy Acronym’s we have become so enam­ored with, the cart has been coun­ter­in­tu­itive­ly placed before the horse.

As we have seen in the para­ble, the sow­er wast­ed pre­cious resources by not fol­low­ing any mean­ing­ful process. So too has Jamaica decide to demol­ish the police depart­men­t’s abil­i­ty to effec­tive­ly deal with the ter­ror threat on the Island.
Before you sow seeds the land must be cleared, plowed, fer­til­ized and watered. After that, the seeds should be cov­ered, because make no mis­take about it, the birds will eat the seeds if they are left uncov­ered, regard­less of where they are sown.
Only then can there be a rea­son­able expec­ta­tion of a good har­vest com­men­su­rate with the invest­ment.
Both the past PNP and present JLP admin­is­tra­tion have in some case unwit­ting­ly, and in oth­er cas­es arbi­trar­i­ly, gone about deal­ing with the nations crime prob­lem as the sow­er did.
They did so care­less­ly, naive­ly and in the case of the Andrew Holness Administration, mali­cious­ly, reck­less­ly and sur­rep­ti­tious­ly gone after the police depart­ment under the guise of cre­at­ing a new police force.
Without doubt, this half-ass strat­e­gy has embold­ened crim­i­nals to step up their activ­i­ties with the full knowl­edge that the Government will not tol­er­ate the police going after the nations killers.

Horace Chang

The strat­e­gy of using ZOSO’s and SOE’s are half-ass strate­gies designed to flood com­mu­ni­ties with the bod­ies of secu­ri­ty forces per­son­nel, cre­at­ing a faux-peace with the sole intent of using what­ev­er ben­e­fits are derived from it as polit­i­cal fod­der.
ZOSO’s and SOE’s do noth­ing to stop the killings in gen­er­al, they do noth­ing to low­er crime across the board. At best they are unsus­tain­able geo­graph­i­cal band-aid which lessen the mas­sive bleed­ing in that Geographical area tem­porar­i­ly, while increas­ing it in oth­er areas.
How can a Prime Minister tell law enforce­ment offi­cers that the days of kick­ing in doors are over? That kind of rhetoric is a gov­ern­men­tal license to crim­i­nals to rest assured they are pro­tect­ed.
Yet, that has been Andrew Holness’ mantra and the crim­i­nals are watch­ing in glee. The crim­i­nal under­world cheers their legal arm INDECOM, which works over­time for their pro­tec­tion.
In a shock­ing depar­ture from past pro­to­col, Andrew Holness has cre­at­ed in our coun­try, a per­cep­tion that a hard-nosed approach to enforce­ment is tan­ta­mount and sim­i­lar to abuse of cit­i­zens rights.
It is igno­rant, it is hyper­bol­ic, and it is dan­ger­ous com­ing from that office.
Not only has Holness com­pro­mised the abil­i­ty of the police to do their jobs, but he has also enhanced the abil­i­ty of the mon­grel attack dogs like Terrence Williams and Hamish Campbell to fur­ther frus­trate the efforts of the police to do their jobs.
And now we are see­ing that through that strat­e­gy crim­i­nals are more embold­ened to attack and mur­der police offi­cers.
This Government must take respon­si­bil­i­ty for this and there is no hid­ing from what they cre­at­ed.