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We need more community policing

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Dear Editor,I am in complete agreement with the Jamaica Observer editorial of Monday, May 15, 2017 'Fighting crime with hope'.

I think that Jamaicans need to start fighting crime with hope and action. It is imperative that the people of this country work hand in hand with the police to formulate solutions to not only fight crime but reduce poverty and hopelessness, especially among the lower class and destitute.

As a nation, we have to work vigorously to dismantle the criminal networks. I believe the country's crime monster is deeply rooted among the idle hands with no hope for a better future, corrupt police officers, and fear of speaking out because of the 'informa fi dead' culture.

We need more community development programmes for the youth; too many of our young men are on street corners “digging out their hand middle”.Engage them with sporting activities or teach them life skills they can use to empower themselves.

The newly recruited officers should be sent in the communities to develop professional relationships with the residents. There is no doubt that trust must be a central point to the success of revitalising the relationship between the public and members of the police force. However, gaining trust after years of abuse won't be easy.

Police Commissioner George Quallo, the time has come for the force to be swept clean and rid of the corrupt officers. We need you to shake things up within the force, fire all who need to be fired, award deserving promotions, and enforce the rule book. Sir, we are depending on you.

Tajae Anderson

ms.jaeanderson@gmail.com

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