We need more than just political change …


By Carlton Ismaël

It is obvious that the messages against criminal behavior must become widespread. Based on the number of murders and now thefts by masked thieves, something serious needs to be done to deal with this worsening situation.

For me, the justice system, the police, as well as the education system, must do more to make their presence felt and this cannot continue as if nothing had happened. We must start to assess the causes and effects, analyze why there is such an upsurge in criminal behavior and what measures must be implemented to curb this scourge.

The state must find a cure. We have to find a strategy. And the laws and fines, apprehensions and sentences must be more realistic. The level of detection, the bringing of perpetrators to court, as well as assistance to victims to obtain justice, must become of paramount importance.

I have said in several articles in the past that it’s not enough to just hire people to do a job and they don’t deliver results, or take incremental steps to satisfy the audience that they are doing a great job. job. We cannot continue to pretend that the system is efficient and functional. There are a lot of things that are wrong with the way it works and the existing methods used by our existing establishments.

In the same way that we are forced to adopt modern trends in technological education and its uses, we must also consider that new methods and modules must be put in place to outwit or deter criminals.

You have to be made to think about the consequences of your actions: if you can commit the crime, you must also be prepared to make time. It is said that having a weapon without a license is an offense against the law, so if one is found with a weapon or ammunition, the fines or penalties must be strict and the prison sentence must be increased. Police must introduce regular surveillance and searches, not only in vehicles but also in homes and communities. There must be day courts and night courts and the law must deliver justice quickly and not stand idly by and seek excuses.

The new government of the day must put policies in place, take a pragmatic approach to criminals both in the ghetto and at the white collar level, and must remain aware that we, the voters, need only the actions for which we voted to be taken against crime and criminals, since crime seems to be the order of the day.

We must become real and no one should be above the law, no one should be protected or paid to avoid the penalty of the law.

For meaningful change to take place in this country, the state must change its mindset and start treating the problem the same way it recently treated the Covid pandemic.

I believe we are the cause of the collapse of the law. Too many times we have turned our eyes and pretended that we don’t know or don’t care what’s going on. Justice must be for all and information given to the police must not be divulged to make the source of the information a life-threatening suspect.

We pay taxes and taxes pay wages, so we have to demand that we get what we pay for and as citizens of Saint-Luc we demand a better deal because we all have to feel that the law is fair and that the authorities are doing their job.

The slowness of justice must change and efficiency must become the new normal. We need more than just political change, because we also need attitude change.

And finally, we must not encourage others, especially young men, to commit acts of violence.


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