What Is The Basis For The Pass Given Antony Anderson For His Failures?

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I hate to be the Gringe who brings the bad news of real­i­ty in this fes­tive sea­son, but I can­not in good con­science pre­tend that every­thing is okay.
The mur­der rate is high as hell, in fact, some esti­mates have the num­bers in excess of five vic­tims per day.
Still, oth­ers say that those num­bers are not ful­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the killings which are tak­ing place, par­tic­u­lar­ly when the miss­ing are tak­en into account.

The truth is that we real­ly want to enun­ci­ate the pos­i­tives in the stock mar­ket, the new con­struc­tions, and the ter­rif­ic pos­i­tives the tourism sec­tor has been expe­ri­enc­ing. Nevertheless, it would be high­ly irre­spon­si­ble of me to ignore the killings, and oth­er acts of vio­lence plagu­ing the coun­try. We sim­ply can­not paint a glow­ing pic­ture while ignor­ing the dark real­i­ty which lurks just below the sur­face.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force has seen Commissioners of Police come and go. So too has Ministers of National Security come and gone, but we are expe­ri­enc­ing a strange dose of unre­al­i­ty at the present time and I am per­son­al­ly watch­ing it with a mix of sar­casm and dis­gust.
It is rather strange the way the entire coun­try has decid­ed to look away and pre­tend on this issue.
I have always main­tained that Jamaicans are high­ly pre­ten­tious and this is absolute con­fir­ma­tion.
You are all gonna sit there, and pre­tend that the mur­der sta­tis­tics are not as bad and, may I say, far worse than when pre­vi­ous com­mis­sion­ers of police were in charge?
Simply because the Commissioner of Police, Antony Anderson came from out­side the JCF?
Yes, you peo­ple are a bunch of hyp­ocrites.

Where are all the hand wring­ing and the calls from the bour­geoise uptown?
The truth is that the bour­geoisie sees Anderson as one of its own, and on the basis of that he gets a free pass. What a tan­gled web of deceit?
And so as vio­lent crime con­tin­ues to climb, the Commissioner of Police announced a raft of ini­tia­tives designed to paper over the huge craters in the wall, hop­ing that none of the partiers will lean onto the wall, amidst the glitz and glam­or of the fes­tiv­i­ties.
Well, I am sor­ry, I am an inquis­i­tive prod­der, I like to touch and prod and feel to make sure that I am not being sold a bill of goods.
And guess what I found? I found that this newest announce­ment is designed to pla­cate, yes pla­cate.

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Anderson says the Jamaica Constabulary Force will roll out a spate of tech­no­log­i­cal tools to boost the crime fight, start­ing next year. Anderson declares, “[relics like sta­tion diaries will become a thing of the past”]. Yea that should real­ly bring down vio­lent crime.
The idea that a police depart­ment would still be using sta­tion diaries in 2019 would be laugh­able if it was­n’t so archa­ic.
The Commissioner says the police will be fit­ting patrol cars with a license plate mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. Also, inves­ti­ga­tors will ben­e­fit from a new train­ing school.
Am I say­ing these ini­tia­tives are not pos­i­tive if and when they become real­i­ty?
Not at all, what I am say­ing is that these are basic ini­tia­tive announce­ments. They are run of the mill things which need to be done. None of these ini­tia­tives will do a damn thing about low­er­ing vio­lent crime.

I can­not imag­ine that this Island would be so com­fort­able with Commissioner George Quallo hav­ing this kind of suc­cess rate?
Or should I say fail­ure rate?
It damn sure did­n’t give Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams that kind of def­er­ence. I guess the men who came up through the ranks, you know,.….…. the chil­dren of Jamaica’s poor­est, are not wor­thy of that respect, despite their careers of sac­ri­fice.
Oh, by the way, I hate to bring this up but the ZOSOs and SOEs have not done a damn thing to lessen the inci­dents of vio­lent crimes.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, a busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. 
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