Try ‘ethical dons’

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The solution to the guns entering the island is not so much in manpower and equipment. Just remember that Jamaica is an island, surrounded by water, and people and things can enter the country via every square foot around it, as stated by a minister some years ago. What we need is embedded intelligence all around to combat that.

Anecdotal evidence and allegations on the street suggest that certain criminal executive officers (CEO), called hereafter dons, would know about any/most guns or ammunition entering the country, and if you tried to go around him and he found out you would have to go in hiding — tek weh yuhself — for disrespecting or disregarding his management system. Now if a don can be so organised, it seems sadly that these CEOs/don could do a better job dealing with crime and criminals.

In effect, the police and the national security minister need to learn from the dons how to effectively police this country.

The Jamaica Observer has polls regularly; how about this one? Dons can be effective at crime control, or Dons should have a role in crime control, or any approved variation. My answer, I can tell you, is "YES".

I think also that anecdotally Dudus was particularly impressive at management. Ask any police, higgler or shopper/housewife in Coronation Market, or citizen who worked or lived in these areas.

If there can be "ethical hackers", why not "ethical CEOs/dons"? I am sure many would be proud to help their country. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, this is the thinking outside the box that you advocate. National Security Minister Robert Montague and Justice Minister Chuck, this has never been tried; you have nothing to lose, and what if it works? Jamaicans will support you.

Michael Spence




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