WATCH: Ex-commish says some crime measures a waste of human resources | Loop Jamaica

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Former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin has delivered a blistering criticism of how some crime-fighting measures have been implemented, classing them as an “abuse of good human resources”.

Lewin in his strong critique declared that criminals are outthinking the authorities, who he said have failed to anticipate the next move of lawbreakers.

“They are thinking and we not thinking, it’s as simple as that. And we have got to be adaptable so when start to make some understand that they are going to adapt because they are highly adaptable,” said Lewin who was speaking on a panel at Jamaicans for Justice’s (JFJ) launch of the Justice Report on Wednesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Lewin added: “Don’t wait for their new methodology to take hold before we play catch up. Think it through, what are they going to do next? You see the recent successes on the wharves, they are going to move their method of importing weapons. Have we started to think clearly… they are going to move to some other means, now what will that be?”

“We have in the security forces, the leadership, the brains to think through these things, but we must get out of some of the things we are just locked into, certain of the things we are doing,” he said.

“We need a strategy that says we must cut down on the free movement of criminals without being challenged. We want to break up the space and the free movements of criminals throughout the country or an area.

Moments earlier, the former commissioner shared his opinion on how the government recently utilised the controversial states of emergency as a crime-fighting tool.

“We can’t do it by having some soldiers and police under a tent at a fixed point. We need to have mobile checkpoints. They drive around stop, half-hour here. Stop, check, move around. Criminals must be kept off-balance,” Lewin asserted.

“We could have done what we did in Montego Bay without a declaration. The only thing that we could not do was to detain people for the periods that we have done and suspend habeas corpus,” he suggested.

“I have no problem with a state of emergency for the two weeks if you want to go shock-and-awe as they call it, but when it expires let it expire. There are many operational measures that can be implemented that have better value than a state of emergency,” Lewin said.

“The kind of state of emergency and the things we have been doing, to me, is an abuse of good human resources,” he said.

Lewin opined that Jamaica’s crime problem started before independence but is manifesting with the current crime wave and needs good, effective and professional policing to solve.

He said the issue should be tackled at all levels, including the breaking of the law on the island’s roads, with all members of the police force, as well as citizens and government playing a role.

Lewin was the commissioner of police between 2007-2009 and led the Jamaica Defence Force from 2002 to 2007.