The Jamaican police and its commanders are absolutely clueless on what is required to bring crime under control.
Firstly, I would rather the police take a more proactive approach to solving crime verses the reactive approach that is currently taken.
Now, I think what they ought to do is to place a simple map detailing the crime hotspots in Jamaica, these include the following areas.
- Corporate Area.
- St Catherine.
- Montego Bay
See Jamaica Observer article at this link, which gives greater details.
Now what the security forces should do is, to determine from the crime “hot” spots, which communities are aligned? By this I mean when a crime is committed in Trench Town for example, the criminals may move to areas of spanishtown to cool off as the know the police will be coming into Trench Town very soon.
So now we know gunmen travel between community A to B or C.
Armed with all this information, the police will conduct simultaneous surprise raids in these communities, use as much of the resources that they have available between the various arms of the police and the army.
These raids should be done prior to any reports of shooting etc to catch these guys off hand. The fact is everyone expects police raids after a surge in crime, however very few expect that when there appears to be a lull in criminal activities.
In addition to doing so, the police should seek the assistance of the local telecom companies to shut down cellular service in these communities at least 2hrs prior to the raid. This would prevent any form of communication between gang members from the area under raid, who are seeking to get assistance from other gang members in or outside of their areas.
By crippling their mode of communication this would leave them very vulnerable and it would also prevent renegade members of the security forces from passing on any information also once they are in the communities.
The actual areas that are to be targeted on the day in question should only be available to the most senior members of the police and the army, as failure to do so will result in only women and children present in the communities when the raid actually takes place.
I don’t think I need to state why, as that is already known.
Watch this blog, as I will be seeking to expand on this later
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