Re­turn district con­sta­bles to the dis­tricts

Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT - GARY ROWE mag­nett0072004@ya­

IN THE past few weeks, it is as if crime has been plagu­ing our so­ci­ety. It is easy to blame that per­son and this per­son, that gov­ern­ment and this gov­ern­ment for the prob­lem. The truth is, this prob­lem of crime be­longs to all of us and will re­quire all hands on deck.

We have reached a place where we must put for­ward so­lu­tions and not con­tinue to point fin­gers and strengthen the blame game.

I have no­ticed that, just like reg­u­lar po­lice, district con­sta­bles (DC) are at the po­lice sta­tion and not in the district, where they were orig­i­nally as­signed. It is my view that district con­sta­bles should be re­turned to the district or com­mu­nity, as their name sug­gests.

It is hard for any prime min­is­ter, min­is­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity or com­mis­sioner of po­lice to sin­gle-hand­edly tame this mon­ster, es­pe­cially if it is be­yond their ex­per­tise or ca­pac­ity to do so. I am propos­ing that we re­turn the DC to pa­trolling dis­tricts and re­port­ing phys­i­cally to the sta­tion ev­ery three days.

As part of the so­lu­tion, cre­ate a network us­ing so­cial me­dia (What­sApp group). While in the district on pa­trol, the of­fi­cer would wit­ness first-hand the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­mu­nity (‘pon di cor­ner’). If some­thing seems sus­pi­cious or looks out of place, the con­sta­ble would post it, and mem­bers in the group would be aware and pro­vide rapid re­sponse where and when nec­es­sary.

In the fi­nal anal­y­sis, send the district con­sta­ble back to the district to gain first-hand in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­ni­ties and cre­ate a network us­ing tech­nol­ogy for quick re­sponse.

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