The year has started in Jamaica and already it seems as if it is going to be a bloody one as the numbers have already surpassed where it was at the same time last year, with already 37 murders committed which was recorded in the first 8 days of 2022.
This number is 9 more than the same period for last year(2021) where a total of 28 murders were committed in its first week. At the end of 2021, the murder count stood at 1,465 and despite the high rate of killings and the Prime Minister reshuffling his cabinet, deputy Prime Minister Horace Chang has retained his position as the Minister of Security.
In reasoning about the matter with the Jamaica Star, security consultant Robert Finzi-Smith made it clear that it was difficult on the part of the Prime Minister to find a much more suitable person to fill the position.
The evidence of the security Minister’s failure according to Finzi-Smith can be seen in the constituencies of St. James, northwest where communities such as Norwood, Salt Spring, Flanker, Canterbury and areas in downtown Montego Bay have been plagued by crime.
In addition to the uncontrollable criminal activities in certain areas, the security consultant spoke to the fact that the mentality that the criminals have is based on a limited outlook on life which sees them not having any concern for the activities they get themselves into.
Moving forward, Finzi-Smith suggested that when someone is caught with an illegal weapon the protocol should be for them to serve the full time they get sentenced with, and even when that seems short to have it extended.
This is a necessary measure that the security consultant outlined since he claims that gunmen are now much younger than before with some active in crime from the ages of 16 and 17 years.
According to Finzi-Smith the necessary measure to give the criminals the full extent of their sentence is quite necessary since it gives them more time to rehabilitate than if they spend a short time which influences them to come back out with an even more developed criminal mentality.