Up­date on Crime Stop progress, please

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: FOR SOME time now, in or­der to aid the se­cu­rity forces in their fight against crime, the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank, and the LIME Foun­da­tion and maybe oth­ers have been spon­sor­ing and fi­nanc­ing the Crime Stop Pro­gramme. To date, there has been no up­date to the gen­eral pub­lic in re­gards to the suc­cess of the pro­gramme

I be­lieve that if a monthly or quar­terly pub­li­ca­tion of the ex­tent of the suc­cess of the pro­gramme in terms of fig­ures, in­clud­ing the amount of money paid out for in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, is pub­lished, this would be an en­cour­age­ment to would-be in­form­ers to come for­ward. This would also help to solve more of the se­ri­ous crimes, such as mur­ders, which the po­lice now have well be­low 50 per cent suc­cess in solv­ing.

In talk­ing to peo­ple, mainly in the in­ner city ar­eas, they are of the opin­ion that there is a catch to the whole in­for­ma­tion thing, and that if they talk, they may be im­pli­cated and that they will never get the re­ward as promised, so the pub­li­ca­tion could dis­pel all of this.

The fact that agri­cul­ture is very im­por­tant for growth of the econ­omy, the crime re­ward should also ex­tend to that sec­tor though small that econ­omy may be, to catch the thieves who sit idly by and wait on your crops and an­i­mals to ma­ture then steal them. DUD­LEY BROWN 76 Waltham Park Road Kingston 11

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