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When will we see an improvement in crime stats?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Dear Editor,

When will there be a time of justice and peace?

A couple of weeks ago, the nation exceeded a total of 1,000 deaths since the beginning of the year and it's such an eyesore to watch the news or read the local newspapers.

As a young Jamaican, time and time again I've seen where the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Government implement some kind of 'tactic' to fight against crime in the more unstable communities across the island. And, not too long ago, the United States of America donated key equipment to help the Jamaican police fight crime, as said by then US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno. Said he: “The donation was intended to strengthen coordination and investigations as well as to include post-incident emergency equipment to assist with the collection and preservation of evidence.”

So what are we really doing with the resources and all the big talk of fighting against crime?

From the three-pronged crime prevention strategy in 2013 to the more recent five-pillar crime strategy, has there been a significant reduction in crime (if any at all)?

We preach that the children are our future, but it is the children that are witnessing these crimes and replicating it as they grow because it becomes their norm each day.

What is our future and why can't we unite for a change?

Shanice Brown





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