A senior police officer has questioned whether law enforcement officers are being blamed for what the society cannot handle.
Superintendent Moses James was addressing police officers, business people and other stakeholders at the Vieux Fort Police Station Wednesday.
The occasion was a raffle draw.
The raffle was launched to raise funds for police crime fighting initiatives in the South of the Island.
According to James, some persons assert that crime fighting is the job of the police only.
He explained that he reads online comments that bash the police as being ‘lazy’ and doing nothing.
However, James said he believes that the family is at one end of the spectrum of society with the police at the other end.
“The reason that a young man can find himself at my precinct or my custody suites or whatever is because every other agent of socialisation has failed,” he declared, adding that this includes the family.
“If it goes through the school, the church and right up to me- it is because everybody else has failed, that is why I have to deal with that problem now,” James declared.
He questioned why the police should be blamed for what society cannot handle or has failed to handle.
But James noted that the police do not have the luxury of failure.
“We would have a failed state or a failing state if the police cannot control crime,” James asserted.
“I need for us to refocus now – rather than use singular pronouns like ‘I’, we need to use ‘we’ and ’our’ in this fight against crime as it is our business,” James said.
He noted that the police need the support of the public.
James also spoke of the need for early intervention programmes to deal with the root causes of crime.
In this regard, the senior police officer noted that the police in the South of the Island have been able to record success stories through such means, including making peace between factions at Belle Vue and Pierrot.
According to James, law enforcers in the South of the island sought to address the root cause of problems by moving beyond traditional policing to have partnerships with the community.