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Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, has emphasised that whilst technology is essential in crime fighting, it should not replace human intelligence.
“I know there is a lot of argument about technology, it is good, but we have to bring many of the things back to some very basic functions of the individual,” he argued.
The Commissioner was speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on September 11.
He pointed out that he supports the use of technology, but it is important that policing issues are carefully analysed before technology is applied.
“What we need to do is to add technology to enhance what is already good. So, before we throw technology to a problem, we have to understand it and carefully manage it as well,” he explained.
Turning to concerns raised by citizens about policing, Commissioner Lewin said that policing is not the simple things shown in movies.
“On the issue of crime and violence, it seems that we have been battered and beaten over many years. I am bombarded every day about why don’t you do this and why don’t you do that. In practice, the world is not a perfect sphere and we have to get real. Jamaicans should critically analyse the issue of crime and violence and understand that it cannot be fixed overnight,” the Commissioner stressed.
“In trying to discuss the issues surrounding crime and violence, you need to understand how we came here and what we need to do. We did not spend the last five or six decades coming here and it’s not going to be fixed overnight, so let us get that out of our system,” he said, adding that “when we do analyse the issue, we will understand the critical role that each of us has to play.”
On ridding the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), of corruption, the Commissioner said that already, the organisation has embarked on a transformation process, but this would not turn the Force around immediately.