A RAY OF HOPE

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In a prolonged period of doom and gloom that has been cast upon our nation due to uncontrollable crime, it comes like a breath of fresh air to hear news that foreign expertise is finally being sought to deal with the scourge. What is most heartening about the news is that this assistance is not coming in the previous versions of just consultants. Judging from information we’ve received from the Police Service, the new man in town, former FBI Agent Robert Clarke, will actually have his boots on the ground and in the field with Commissioner Gary Griffith. He is not expected to be in an office, dispensing theoretical tactics on how to deal with the gangsters who always seem to be a few steps ahead. THAT is the refreshing part.

Agent Clarke comes with an impressive resumé, having played a significant role in dismantling the devastating criminal gang and gun culture that was suffocating the city of Los Angeles, California some years ago. He has also been involved in some training exercises with local officers prior to his swearing in as a Special Reserve Police here earlier this week. Commissioner Griffith says more foreign help is coming soon from New York and London to bolster the effort that has already begun. There should be no doubt that all of these seasoned crime fighters are fully aware of the lure of money and its effects on the local police force in terms of corruption.

But what stood out most for us with news of the swearing in of Robert Clarke was his personal determination to annihilate gangs. His apparent loss of his father to such violence when he was a child seems to have driven his passion and compelled him to join the FBI. And that’s a fundamental factor that’s largely missing within the ranks of local law enforcement. There seems to be no passion and no drive to stop the crippling violence. And while that trait cannot be thought, hopefully we would be able to rid ourselves of the parasites that taint the image of the police and go further to actually jail some of the politicians and kingpins who hide under the cloak of privilege.

Commissioner Griffith seems to be keeping his promise to try and rid this country of its blight. While we knew quite well that he couldn’t do it alone or with just the handful of his trusted lieutenants, we had no doubt over his sincerity. We are now encouraged further by the addition of foreign expertise that has dealt with gang and organised crime situations that make ours look like child’s play. So we again offer our fullest support. However, no effort such as this one to stamp out gang related murders, gun violence and the general lawlessness that has stifled us for the past few decades, would be easily achieved without the political will to do so. So now we must scratch our heads and think of who we could find to fix the corrupt and demented among our so called ‘leaders’.