'It is about time'

Talk Back

Friday, January 19, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

Several sections of the crime-infested parish of St James was yesterday saturated with members of the Jamaica Defence Force, as they searched properties and people in what was said to be a limited state of emergency in the parish. The operation was said to be the Government's response to the marked increase in murders and shootings in St James. Here is how Jamaica Observer Online Readers reacted.

darmic3 :

The situation doesn't require limited anything. We need a full-blown, nationwide State of Emergency and declaration of Martial Law; full fumigation of all two-footed pests and nuisances. No half-measures!

PhilT McNasty replying to darmic3:

So true. Nothing less than a full siege. All these vermins will just scuttle in to adjoining parishes until the mist dissipates.

DDT replying to darmic3:

I like the part that “military is in charge”. Went through a check point [yesterday] and only the soldiers were there. That tells me this is serious business.

Lindel Mc Cormack:

I second it; this is absolutely a nonsensical approach to the crime monster. The impression is given that the government is either in denial or they have no desire to take this crime wave head on. Wonder who are they protecting.

Steve Mambafour Ellis:

It is about time some action is taken. The murders seem to be coordinated. I really hope I am wrong. But good move from the government and the security forces.


Knee jerk reaction

Eternal Father Bless our Land replying to EOJani:

Knee jerk? It has been 25+ years in the making. That's a long time for a knee jerk.

EOJani replying to Eternal Father Bless our Land:

I don't understand what you said, but do you suppose many of the criminals are under 25?

The solution is what is it we need to prevent young people from turning to crime. Had we started 25 years ago…

donnietalker replying to EOJani:

You guys ever embrace anything? Give the gov't some credit. SMDH


We need to do something about the squatter communities in St James, they are a breeding ground for crime.

Lindel Mc Cormack replying to topshelf:

Rational people would agree with you. But politicians are not and they are the leaders.

Dolins replying to topshelf:

That will never happen. Doing so is political suicide as none of the two gangs occupying the Parliament will advance such idea as it is their base they would be displacing.


Well overdue!


Letting out soldiers to drive around with no strategic plan makes no sense. While the soldiers were in the neighbourhoods were the police doing spot checks on certain roads leading out of St James? To help fight crime, every parish should have their own distinct licence plate so police can know who belong in the parish from who's visiting. Police needs to be able to pull up behind a car and run check on the plate. The force is a reactionary force. They need to go on the offence.

MusicLandWeLove replying to xedos:

Yes, they are. ALL vehicles were stopped, checked and driver's credentials written down this morning on my way to work right at the Great River bridge. They even unloaded the buses. I'm told that they are also in different parts of St James doing the same thing.

Golfrey Gego Rhoden replying to xedos:

What you know about law enforcement? Let the men do their jobs.


So where are all the known criminals and gang members when all the excitement is taking place? If they are not eradicated in some shape or form the problem will persist.


The government and security forces need to also include Flanker, Glendevon, Grandville, Montego Hills, and Salt Springs. Time to drain the swamp filled with criminals. If the jails are filled, find large open space create military prison camps for criminals, erect fencing and tents guarded by security forces and dogs.

Articulate Minority replying to wmac001:

Was surprised they were not mentioned!

MrRoy replying to wmac001:

Why the government afraid of implementing a full-scale state of emergency for the Island and weak on the imposition of longer jail time or sentencing for crimes? My god man, I thought Andrew was a smart politician, and understand the country's culture of criminal behaviour. At this point, everything should be on the table to prevent crime. From longer prison time, NID, SOS, no bail or make it impossible for bail by imposing millions in bail bond that they nor their family member, etc can afford, strong emphasis on education (skill training), involve the churches, changing of the constitution to include stiff penalties for politician, government employee, etc. The island needs a complete overhaul constitutionally. I wish Donald Trump administration declare a no travel to Jamaica for US citizens. Indefinitely until crime is cleansed from the society where Americans can walk, drive freely and not coop up in hotels. I think the Government of Jamaica will wake up and make the necessary changes.


We need a full-scale nationwide state of emergency. Focus on the ghettos across the country, and establish long-term police intervention and social and economic development in all these areas. For the rest of the country, police patrols should be mandatory daily in all areas. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The JCF needs to be crushed like a paper mistake and thrown out. We need a new, effective, efficient and modern police force. With dedicated, well-trained and intelligent law enforcers and members that are held accountable to the people and the law.


Pay the JCF a fair wage. That should be the first thing in the fight against crime.

NoMore MarioDean:

It should not be limited, but I am with the security services here. I stand with the security services. To the politicians, we the few remaining patriots tired of limited action. The only limit I want is limited political offices, limited political employees, limits on slums, limits on burdensome taxation. We are under attack and firm actions needed. I stand with the security services and my fellow patriots. Don't fall for the wicked lies circulating online patriots. It's the terrorist and their sympathisers circulating them. They want to destroy our lives, and bring Jamaica further into waste men fold.

Hugh Oliver:

Putting our toe in the water. Timid. Guess when we name the streets and towns the criminals know where they should not go. Let's get serious and stop playing games.

Ivan L Flynn:

There's a limited State of Emergency in the parish of St James; military take charge.

These are desperate actions being taken by the government and they should be considered profoundly serious. Whenever a country is forced to deploy its military on the streets to quell disorder of its citizens, it is indeed, an unsettling alarm. Let us all hope this sad phase of reality will cause the Jamaican people to be mindful of where their country is headed.

Speak up:

Well this should be the year of changes and we need good changes. We need changes that are productive for all Jamaicans and I think what is happening in Montego Bay is a good move, let's all pray it work out for the best and the good of all that is being affected by this crime monster.

PhilT McNasty:

Nothing less than a full siege island wide. All these vermins will just scuttle into adjoining parishes until the mist dissipates. Trelawny, here they come!


As a taxpaying Jamaican, I deserve, no I demand better from this Government on the high murder rate; on the judicial systems that can allow convicted gunmen to get off on “light” sentences. It is not good enough that Delroy Chuck can run up him mouth; sit down a write legislation to change the laws governing illegal firearms and shootings. Is it not just Jamaicans at home that are FED UP, but the entire world is looking at this poppy show government and the equally hopeless bunch of jokers that call themselves the Opposition. If you go down at the Pegasus you will see the entire bunch of dem a feed dem face ana a laugh.


This is what should have taken place a very long time ago, but our leaders were trying to appease the players in our tourism industries, now that the violence and murders, is starting to affect the tourism product, with the US advisory, our leaders and the players in the industries don't got a choice now, but to take drastic action. We also don't need a limited state of emergency, we need a full blown out one, ZOSO is a limited state of emergency and we seen it did no good. I hope our leaders will never again allow things to get way out of hand and only at the insistence of outside pressure, before taking needed action.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon