2009-04-06 : Police work


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2009-04-06 : Police work

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-15 14:49

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Police work
Witness 06 Apr 2009
The Editor

Crime, much of it marked by extraordinarily vicious
rapaciousness, continues to be a dominant public concern. With
the government apparently keen to keep the latest statistics
under wraps until after the elections, precious little seems to
be happening to check the scourge. On the contrary, the criminal
justice chain from detection through prosecution to conviction
and ultimately the rehabilitation of offenders seems weak in
every link. Many crimes are not reported at all. Many others are
never solved. The proportion of successful convictions is
distressingly low.

This is something that can only encourage the potential
criminal. The hijackers who targeted Lucky Dube´s car in October
2007 almost certainly imagined that they would get away with it
- hijacking is now so common that it barely rates a mention in
the press. They may reckon themselves unfortunate that things
went wrong, and even more unfortunate that the man they killed
turned out to be a high-profile reggae singer. They surely never
anticipated that they would end up facing long prison sentences,
loathed and vilified by the whole country.

So too, the men who bludgeoned young Raelin Devnarain to death
must have thought that if they could just silence the child and
his mother they would be able to walk safely away with the
pickings from their robbery. In this case retribution came even
more swiftly. Thanks to excellent police work by members of the
Mountain Rise serious crimes unit, the killers have within two
weeks been arrested, convicted and jailed for life.

The importance of these cases cannot be over emphasised. Far
more than the threat of draconian punishment, it is the definite
expectation of being caught that makes criminals think twice
before they strike, and then to opt for the safer route. Of
course, these cases - the killing of a child and of a pop star -
were such as to attract unusual attention from the authorities.
Nonetheless, the recognition that the criminal justice system
can work effectively will help to deter criminals, to increase
public confidence, and to encourage ordinary folk to play their
part in helping to defeat crime.
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