What’s the role of the MP’s in crime fighting. Every MP is being asked to present a crime plan for their area

Our government is made of elected members of parliament, who are from both political parties. Currently the division of MP representing both side is almost equal from a statistical stand point.

Let’s for the moment we assume that due to the antagonist nature of our politics, only those on the side of the government are willing to work to move this country forward, it would  mean than only half of all elected members would be engaged on national building and finding creative solutions to our problems .

Bear in mind that all 63 MEMBERS are collecting a salary paid for the public of this country, but would have been hardly seen to be actively working for that money. What if this was not the case, can you see the results of all 61 members actively working in their communities to address the issues on hand.

I am now issuing a public challenge to all MP’s as follows

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Jamaica Murder rate 1970 – 2017

I am posting this one day later than I did the number for last year but here goes

Year # of Murders
1970 152
1971 145
1972 170
1973 227
1974 195
1975 266
1976 367
1977 409
1978 381
1979 351
1980 899
1981 490
1982 405
1983 424
1984 484
1986 449
1987 442
1988 414
1989 439
1990 543
1991 561
1992 629
1994 690
1995 780
1998 953
1999 849
2000 887
2002 1045
2003 975
2004 1471
2005 1674
2006 1340
2007 1574
2008 1601
2009 1680
2010 1428
2011 1125
2012 1097
2013 1200
2014 1005
2015 1192
2016 1350
2017 1616 *
Total Murders 34374
in  47 years

Fake “sick” certificates

Doctors across Jamaica would have written thousands of fake sick certificates over the last few days as the police went on island-wide “sick out”.

Now a sick certificate is supposed to be a genuine document used to validate the fact that you were indeed sick and so could not carry out your contractual duties. In most organisations you are actually paid for these days.

People who are not sick and get sick certificates are not only unethical, but can be considered to be corrupt as well.  If so many cops were able to do this it shows the level of thinking that exist at the rank and file level as it relates to acts of corruption

Doctors who wrote these certificates have aided  and abetted acts of corruption themselves and should be investigated by the Medical Association of Jamaica  .

All police who are suspected of gaining and submitting these fake documents should be placed on a watch list for corruption.

Police wage settlement ideas for consideration

The biggest news in recent days is the action being taken by the police to force the government’s hands in their wage negotiations as they seek a better wage deal. The sentiment of myself and that of members of the public is, the police needs a better deal, but this action is not the correct approach.

There has been talk by many that the ” government should give cops a livable wage” but what does that really mean.

From where I sit I will posit the following approach to settle this wage impasse

  1. Offer a increase of 7.0% in year one and 2.9% in year two for all cops earning $1.2m or less per annum
  2. Cops over $1.2m to $1.5m offer 4.5% in year one and 3.5% in year 2
  3. Cops over  $1.5m  offer 3.5% in year one and 2.5% in year two
  4. Increase housing allowing for rank and file police  to at least $40,000 per month
  5. Cops who work in volatile communities should be paid a “danger duty allowance” capped at $1500 per  10hr shift in addition to their regular pay. Overtime is not applicable to this figure.  Ie you you work above 10 hrs the figure does not change
  6. Cops in volatile communities must be fitted with ballistic helmets and vest prior to assignment .
  7. Cops in these areas must not serve more that 6 months on rotation to reduce high stress level associated in working the streets in these areas.
  8. Offer scholarship to the rank of Sergeant , tenable to the UWI or Utech to at least one cops across each of the give police 19 divisions very other year.
  9. For a 10% reduction in murder across each of the 19 divisions, each rank and file cop shall receive a one off payment of $100,000 at the end of each calendar year, in which the murder reduction took place. The private sector in each of these divisions will be asked to assist in funding this initiative.
  10. For each murder case successfully prosecuted and which resulted in a conviction, each detective and other rank and file member involved should received “gift points” which can be redeemed at the end of each year or whenever they choose to but not before one year. These can be redeemed at participating merchants in the private sector, who will be asked to help fund this initiative. Prices however will be capped at $150k.  The system will work like this. For each successful murder prosecuted  that resulted in a conviction ( via legitimate and lawful means) each cop will receive 50 points with each point being work about $10(ten dollars).  The lead investigator however will receive 75 points.   So if a cop solves 10 murders in one year he will received 500 points, which will be worth $50,000 and can be exchanged for merchandise worth that amount. ( This is separate from the one off payments mentioned in 9)
  11. Any cop who has been found to have unlawful extracted a confession and lied to get a prosecution , will have his reward forfeited, will be fined ten 10 times the prize he won and be summarily dismissed from the force. All other cops who were part of the investigation and prosecutorial process, will have their prizes forfeited  and be subjected to fines and suspension from the force for a period not exceeding one month without pay. These cops on their return will be asked to undergo polygraph testing before admittance and those who failed will not be re-enlisted

 

Cost of crime in Jamaica is about $61b dollars per year, with many business doling out millions each year to provide all kinds of security to battle rampant criminality. The private sector I am sure will be willing to come on board to fund the initiatives mentioned above as at the end the day, they can conduct more business and also reduce the amount the expend each year of providing supplemental security for their business

This is my two cents.

Jay

GOJ can collect data for NIDS at a fraction of any projected cost.

I believe the GOJ can collect the bio metric data of nearly all the current population without incurring much cost. In fact the GOJ could actually get Jamaicans to pay the government to collect said data.

If the GOJ was to have a memorandum of agreement with USA (Homeland Security), the could have the USA update their visa application form to collect most of pertinent biometric data at the application /interview process.

The USA could charge another $2000 for their visa application, with that amount being used to collect, process and hand over this information to the GOJ . Jamaicans would have NO PROBLEMS handing over this information of they believe it can actually help them secure that coveted visa and their would be NO public backlash.

So essentially the people of Jamaica, would end up paying the GOJ for providing them their bio -metric data, without a fuss.

I think its an absolutely workable  and brilliant idea , that would get the job done, silence the critics and would cost the GOJ next to nothing.

🙂

 

Why has smartphones not helped Jamaica’s crime fighting efforts ?

One would be of the believe that given the technology that is embedded in smartphones, we would have  observed more people providing information to the cops in stealth mode via their smartphones.  There are hundreds of thousands of smartphone across Jamaica, with the capability to record video, take pictures and upload this information a multitude of online sites including the police, but yet very little of the crime taking place in Jamaica, makes it to this medium, why?

We have no problem filming and uploading the operations of our security forces, neither does the sight of blood and core deter us from uploading images of dead bodies at accidents scenes, but Jamaicans will never film (stealthily) and uploading videos or images of criminals in action, why?

You can expect to see images coming out from the ZOSO taken by Mount Salem residents, but what you will never see is images of guns being hidden in backyards so the security forces can remove them from the streets.

We are our own enemies, bawling for state protection when gangsters whom we support suddenly turn on us, but provide full support as long as they don’t trouble anyone from our families.

One is left to wonder how do you police a criminal state such as Jamaica, where even those who are given the authority to ensure peace and safety are themselves part of that problem.

No crime fighting effort will ever work without the support of our citizens, but with a criminal state of mind of some many amongst us, it is going to to be a long and hard battle.

 

Why is the construction sector up in arms with the CHEC and others?

The Jamaican population for decades have been suffering at hands of local contractors, who have been awarded government contracts, which they have then  subcontracted to others, who then subcontract to others. At the end of all these serial subcontracts, you end up with projects that are late and subjects to millions of dollars in cost overrun which have to be paid for by you and I ie the tax payers.

We now have a situation where the Chinese players have entered into major contracts with the GOJ, which are being done in record time, as these folks work day and night to meet their contractual obligations. In addition to this, many of these projects are funded by the Chinese entities, which removes the burden from the tax payers of this country, given the generous terms that have been negotiated .

In the last few years, I have not heard of a major project that has had a cost overrun or have been late, which is supposed to be good for the country.

All the above in most countries would be good signs, not so in Jamaica, a country which has been used to making a “killing” off poorly supervised government contracts. The fact that we have all positives mentioned above, is not good for many in this country and one is therefore left to ask, why?

The answer is not what you have been given about unfair competition, because of concession given to the Chinese contractors( not that this is not the case). I posit that the real reason is the loss of access to billions of dollars in earnings from poorly executed projects, which have resulted in cost overrun, that is the meat of the matter.

Nothing prevents the major companies in Jamaica from forming joint ventures and scaling up, they have the equipment and expertise to do so, so why this is not happening. The answer is simple, no one is willing to share in the spoils of the pork barrel, so its all or nothing.

For the first time in decades we see major infrastructural work being done and we don’t hear any word on “cost over runs”, which means the Jamaican public is finally getting value for money.

I say to the GOJ, stay the course, its time for tax payers of this country to get a break and stop being taken for a ride by those who seek to place their interest ahead of that of the country .

 

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