Recently Baltimore, Maryland mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, announced that she would not seek re-election, stemming from ongoing uptick in crimes, and the wounds of an unarmed black male who died in police custody.
Unfortunately, this is not about Baltimore: These issues are closer than you might have noticed.
The consequential revolving door that continues to call for past leaders or current to quit or force a quick election as the solution has never solved crimes and economic stagnation. These frustrated strategies only deflect the true systematic social decay being kicked down the road for the next generation.
Public Safety and Policing: It seems pride and power outweigh intelligence when a fundamental crime control policy is lacking. The struggle between policing and politics is not a new paradigm. Studies have shown that this institution always had close ties to politicians since the early 18th century when it was formed in Metropolitan London.
Although some argue that the concept of policing was to used to keep slaves from running away from their masters, policing, whether political, reform, and community era, continues plays a vital role in societies’ public safety.
In any system, there are some bad cops, just as there are bad businesspersons, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc., but they cannot do it alone. Tough on crime perception strategies without resources and community support only allow criminal enterprises to thrive.
These criminal mentality, and criminogenic needs cannot be managed with the same old political ploys or and law enforcement bullets. This firmware may create a bounce in the polls while crime remains unmanageable. Moreover, selling an election as the solutions only benefits the concept of absolute power and that only corrupts absolutely as many have argued. Same as political divides, criminals use the same tactics to their advantage. On many of our shores politics is like a contact sport. After the votes are counted, the wounded are sidelined for decades. The leftover fragments are simple not the failure of law enforcement.
The Caribbean should considers this idea, or build on some it core argument.
However, this is not about revising the colonial period that some blame when today’s crime and poverty are difficult to reverse. Subconsciously, the British footprints are still clear in parts of the region, and quietly some are debating what if the British Pound was still the official currency.
These conflicts, poverty and crime of opportunity complied with destructive adversarial relationships requires detailed contextual analysis of the community and its relations. It is time to develop solid economic systems to deter crimes. Despite opposition, one has to move from bureaucratic and dysfunctional power conflicts.