Church no longer safe

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Several days ago came shocking news that a young pastor had been shot and killed in a place of worship. The police high command condemned the act and has given special attention to find the perpetrator.

As a former criminal investigator I know that it can become a difficult task to solve certain crime based on the root cause or motive. So, in order to solve a crime an investigator must first identify or understand the offence in order to arrive at a sensible conclusion.

To do so, one must apply four W's: What happened? Where? Witness cooperation? Who's responsible?

During this phase of investigation an investigator must be focused because, for years, the country has maintained a culture of silence making it difficult for the police to gather meaningful information.

I remember the time when the church was a very sacred place in which people were scared to do or say anything wrong. It is not that churches are not sacred anymore, but over the years life has changed drastically.

A small island Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other place on Earth, yet the nation has one of the highest crime rates in the world. It is truly sad.

When scientists discovered how to split the atom to create nuclear energy they also unleashed one of the world's most terrifying weapons.

Charlie Brown

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