Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
by Passin Thru
I read in the Nation that the police are brokering a meeting between the leaders of two rival gangs, to arrange a ‘truce’.
This is a huge mistake by the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The gangs are fighting over criminal profits and turf, areas of influence and gang status in the community. Any truce would have to involve establishing geographical boundaries for gang activities. After all, it’s a turf fight about criminal profits. What are the police thinking?
Are the police going to broker a deal where gang members stay in one are to work their crimes, and not interfere with the next gang’s turf?
This is a huge mistake that gives status to gang leaders and gangs, and unfortunately shows how impotent the police have become in the face of a crime wave the likes of which this island has never seen before. Guns, Guns Guns and our police strategy is to assist gangs to carve up territories? This is INSANE!
Our police should be causing havoc in the gangs, arresting the leaders and making criminals fear extra police attention that gang membership brings. Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
From the Nation…
AFFECTING A TRUCE between the leaders of two gangs is high on the agenda for community policing.
Head of the Chapman Lane and New Orleans Mobile Unit Sergeant Jamal Mohan said the two men are known to have a major influence on the youth of the area. Mohan was speaking earlier today at the launch of the second phase of the Reading and Learning in Harmony programme which is being done in conjunction with the Pan-American International Insurance Corporation. He said the truce would redound to making the community safer. (YB)