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.
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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