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Billions Spent, Nothing to Show On Crime

Published: 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It’s so sad to see that the Government and the Opposition do not have a clue what to do about the crime situation in the country. Sad too that the Ag CoP is in denial, and still refuses to implement an effective crime fighting initiative, because it seems they do not have a positive one.

With all the monies that have been invested in crime fighting, there is still no improvement. The police need intelligence, they have to be effective, tenacious and accurate. They cannot compromise with crime. Crime is all our business because it is affecting us all. The Ag CoP is the one to put his crime plan into motion.

I saw where the Commissioner of Police in Philadelphia said that the crime in the city was so bad that they decided to install 22,000 SEPTA crime cameras throughout the city, and they encouraged citizens to install cameras in their homes. With these the officers can stay in the Police Station and see any crime that is being committed.

What the Ag CoP and the Minister of National Security of our country should do is check other countries’ crime plans and try it out until something works, because at this time all we are having is a set of talk and more talk and playing the blame game on this one and that one.

It is time to stop the foolishness and get down to seriousness. The population in Philadelphia is estimated to be 1.56 million people, and for July up to a few days ago, they had 160 murders. Compare that with us.

This is what the Commissioner said is needed to get the job done: the vehicles must have modern technology, and be in good working condition; there must be real time information, also modernised facilities to get the job done. You must have a crime fighting strategy and that is what we do not have.

The SEPTA surveillance cameras can track down criminals; it can help capture criminals within a minute of a crime being committed; it can also assist in cold cases. What are we waiting for? Time is running out. Some of the officers are overworked, time to get modern technology to do the job.

Billions of dollars spent and nothing to show. No more smooth talking, Mr Minister of National Security, try another country crime fighting initiative. Too much tax payers dollars have already wasted behind crime and still no progress. The police have to be more proactive to get the results.

Modicia Martin