Are we really serious about fighting crime?

January 27, 2017
Police leads residents of several communities in Hanover in a march against crime and violence on New Year's Day in 2015.

I am always amazed at how many of us in this country seem to be totally mentally unhinged. For many of us, not only do we have multiple personalities, those personalities are all active at the same time. What is interesting and disturbing is that those personalities are often in conflict with each other.

For example, the same people who call for the police to kill criminals are the same ones who block the roads and who are most vocal when they do. The same people who want an end to the violence are the ones who have the information the authorities need to make their case but refuse to pass it on.

They want to have their cake and eat it, too.

When I hear people talking about making Reneto Adams commissioner of police as a measure to solve the country's crime problem, it makes me laugh because many of these same people used to describe the man as evil whenever he and his men would take out suspected criminals under sometimes controversial circumstances.




Which brings me to the police. The hierarchy of the police force often talks about building better relationships with the communities they serve. It is a good thing to talk about, but an even better thing to get done.

All over the world, societies that have good working relationships with their security forces tend to have low incidences of crime and a generally harmonious, prosperous environment.

Yet, there are still too many incidents of police abuses. There are policemen who call grown men 'boy' and there are some who threaten innocent people. This doesn't make much sense. If the police are saying that they want to have a better relationship with the community, then they have to commit to it; every single member has to. Other than that, they are just blowing steam.

Finally, I hear former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting saying that the current minister, Robert Montague, is the wrong man for the job. Was he the right man for the job when crime was high and climbing under his tenure?

It is frustrating that we keep using crime as a political football in this country when the world is going crazy around us. And no, I am not referring to Donald Trump.

Montego Bay is the tourist capital of this country, and in the last month and a half, 175 murders have been committed in and around that town. If we don't realise that we are playing games with our bread and butter, maybe we really are out of our damned minds.

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