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Anancyism is Killing Jamaica, Says Deputy Commissioner

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer Writer sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 | 4:55 PM    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Deputy Commissioner of Police Delworth Heath says a culture of 'anancyism' is undermining national life and that law enforcement alone will not be able to effectively tackle the problem.

"If there's one thing we do well is 'anancyism'. A lot of 'anancyism' is killing Jamaica. We know how to trick people,” Heath told members of the Manchester Chapter of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica at their recent Annual General Meeting in Mandeville.

We have a country where you have good things happening and people try to bore holes through it. The problem is that it is practiced right across the board," said Heath. "A lot of the persons who we would have hoped would be supporting us (the Jamaica Constabulary Force) are not supporting us. They are part of the process of trying to find a way around law and order," he added.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police "law enforcement can't change people's minds".

"It may prevent a man from doing the act now but when he gets the chance, if the heart is still there he is going to do it. I am of the view that what we need to do more than anything else is to try to get to the heart of people. We need to restore moral values".

Heath said that the JCF and the Justices of the Peace (JP) were among the groups that should take the lead in changing the system of 'corner cutting' to which people have become accustomed.

He challenged the Lay Magistrates at the Golf View Hotel to 'stand as vanguards of change'.

Heath noted that the JCF had embarked on a “serious cleansing programme” to rid itself of corrupt individuals and urged JPs to help the Force make the best recruiting decisions.

Without you we are almost limbless,"; he said. "We are prepared to give all the support we can to the Lay Magistrates in Jamaica. We are also expecting you to give the best support you can. One of the challenges we face is to get good recruits to the police force.  Let us try to help the JCF with this one especially...," he said.

Heath added that all organisations in Jamaica are susceptible to miscreants and persons in positions of authority and influence should lead by example.

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