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No more dead-end crime plans, please
National Security Minister Gary Griffith must forgive the public for being dubious about his announcement of yet another examination of the police service. The population has already seen—and paid for—studies, crime plans, importation of foreign experts and the setting-out of time frames for the successful transformation of the police service. So it’s hard to be excited about the news that Mr Griffith is to fly in former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton, as first proposed by one of his predecessors, Mr Jack Warner.
Why? Because such testing, study, planning and reorganisation of the police service by local and foreign experts go back to Sir Ellis Clarke, Victor Bruce, the O’Dowd report, Mastrofski, Scotland Yard and the several attempts by government and opposition to come together to counter crime and fix the criminal justice system—not to mention the master plans, named and unnamed, of several ministers of national security.
Yet there has been no real assault on criminal culture and activity. The police service remains infected with corrupt police officers, so much so that Mr Griffith thinks he has to get a study and possibly bring yet another fixer from the outside.
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