As the Yuletide season approaches the need to be safe becomes more paramount.
In times like this in which people are spending more cash and maybe receiving a few extra dollars from overseas opportunistic thieves, robbers and murderers will be even more brazen.
Nowhere is the need to be vigilant more urgent than in Jamaica, though criminals everywhere look to these high activity events to take advantage of law-abiding citizens.
As violent crimes continue to increase, regardless of what politicians in power say to the contrary, it behooves everyone to be extra vigilant.
As someone who writes from a former law enforcement background, I try to be as objective as I possibly can. Needless to say, people on both sides of the political divide will find elements of my analysis objectionable of course.
As long as the objections and subsequent ad hominem reactions do not successfully challenge the facts of what I write, I’m okay with the attacks.
The present administration continues to use the *suppressed *crime statistics from the States of Public Emergencies and Zones of Special Operations,(where those numbers continue to be suppressed) to (a) make the arguments for their continuation and (b) point to the suppressed statistics as proof of the measures’ success.
Without questioning the motives of the administration, it is safe to say that the measures are not working as a successful or sustainable crime strategy, for two primary reasons.
(1) The combined strength of the JCF & the JDF is not nearly enough to begin to make the strategies sustainable. There are simply not enough bodies to staff these measures.
Some may have seen the images of a group of soldiers all sleeping in the Zone, with their weapons there for the taking, not to mention the potential of being killed while they sleep.
If we are honest with ourselves and set aside our political biases for a second we must conclude that this is not sustainable.
(2) The shock and awe of the imposition of a ZOSO or SOE, naturally result in the reduction of violent crimes. After they have been in place for a few weeks the criminals quickly adapt and it is business as usual.
The administration uses the suppressed stats to make its case as I have said before, but across the board, violent crime numbers continue to climb as the crime-producers migrate to other localities.
On Friday PNP Senator Lambert Brown berated the leadership of the security forces as, quote: ” failures in his book”. Brown made the comments before opposition senators voted to extend states of emergency (SOE) in five parishes and a St Andrew police division for another 30 days.
There is more than enough reason to support [Brown’s assertions], just not coming from either Brown or his party.
The PNP had more than enough time to set the country on a coherent path of law and order in which the rule of law protected the Jamaican people.
Under Michael Manley, Percival Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller’s failed leadership the country has become a veritable killing field.
Instead of doing its duty to our country, the PNP chose cheap populism as a means to curry favor with Jamaica’s most intellectually and financially vulnerable people.
Outside of the repetitive failure comments, Lambert Brown offered no ideas and how he believed the leadership of the security failed the country, neither did he offer up any ideas on what may be done differently.
As I said in an article yesterday, the criminals in Jamaica have won.
“Evil persists where good men remain silent”. I am not sure about the [good men] part in this case, but the general idea holds true. The absence of will and determination to eradicate from its midst murderers, rapists and other violent offenders have set Jamaica on a collision course with a dark destiny.
The processes in the day to day operations of many disciplines are a bit much for many people. For that reason, only a small percentage of people sign up for the military in the United States, for example, There the chance of actually having to go to war is always heightened, not many people want to kill or be killed.
Only 0.5 percent of the population actually volunteer for military service.
I cannot stand the sight of dead bodies so I would be no good working in a mortuary. Many people say they could never be doctors or nurses and others could never be police officers.
In fact, being a police officer means that those who volunteer have made a decision that they are willing and ready to deal with the worst elements in society.
Generally, those encounters are not pretty events to witness. Those encounters usually come with a prior warning of “beware, violent content”.
The reason police encounters with violent criminals are not pretty events is rather simple, people who make conscious decisions to commit serious violent offenses have decided by default, that they will not conform to societal rules and norms.
It is for these reasons why the Legislative branch of Government must set the legal parameters for the police to do its job, butt out, and allow the police to do what neither doctors, legislators, nurses, talking heads, nor armchair experts can do, enforce the laws.
Butt out already!
The problem in our country is that there are far too many people with too much time on their hands. They call in, to radio talk shows daily, just so they can hear themselves talk.
Juxtapose that with the self-styled saviors of humanity who operate in the media space, they take full advantage of the opinionated ignorance, and encourage the anti-police growth industry, and we have a perfect storm, and the reason for the popular culture which exist in Jamaica today.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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