Jamaica’s disturbing crime stats are increasing annually and a former police chief is widely supported for calling out the government over its ineffective measures.
Echoing the sentiments of concerned Jamaicans who have been calling increasingly for a crime plan, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams asked: “Have we ever had a crime plan?”
Adams, who said he does not regret his controversial policing methods, even after being barred from entering America in 2019 for what the US State Department said is his “involvement in gross violations in human rights in Jamaica” told the Jamaica Observer that there was no crime plan during his years in the force.
His ban from the US came 16 years after the 2003 killing by police of four people in Kraal, Clarendon.
Adams said: “We never had a crime plan. What we had was a random situation whereby each division would've organised their own little spot check, roadblock, and other operational activities. I had called for a national crime plan coming out of the commissioner's office. A man kill somebody and walk away. Not even run away. That's what I am saying about the crime plan. Is it effective or efficient?”