Too long has the issue of crime in Jamaica been on the rise. This mounting issue has been developing from society and politicians’ fear of garrison kingpins and the repercussions they often impose. There are several ways that businesses and government can work together to strip the powers of garrison leaders and their followers: businesses withhold political contributions, eliminate monetary transactions and end all relationships with garrison leaders.
Espeut, the sociologist, comments in his article, “Hard policing against crime”, that the crime situation can be alleviated if businesses withhold political contributions. This will pressure government to deal with the issues on hand more rigorously, since they would prefer their political coffer to not be affected in any way. Adopting a proactive approach in implementing strategies and recommendations, presented by crime fighting experts, would then be the desired outcome of such action against government.
One such strategy is the “Road Map to Safety Report” that was prepared by the current Minister of National Security, Colonel Mac Millian, during his tenure ship on a task force commissioned by the Jamaican Labor Party whilst in the opposition’s seat in 2007. Martin, communication’s expert, outlined the three major approaches, of the strategy entitled “The road map to safety”, that would inevitably depower garrison leaders: these include “breaking the link between crime and political, dismantling of political garrisons, and removing political interfering in the management of the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF)”.
Severing the link between crime and politics would first entail businesses and government to break all relations, monetary and political, with garrison leaders. Stripping garrison leaders of their source of wealth, support and recognition would automatically neutralize the ruthless power they have acquired over the years. Garisson leaders have been notoriously known to extort money from...