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Greenslade begs for help

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  • Commission of police Ellison Greenslade on Kemp Road walkabout yesterday. Photo: Torrell Glinton.

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Sep 22, 2015

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Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade begged for help in the fight against crime yesterday and warned that if people in power don’t provide that support, the police would “continue to pick up dead bodies”.

Greenslade said the police are “working like crazy” to keep the criminals behind bars, but added that the country “cannot arrest ourselves out of this” problem.

“What the commissioner is begging for... is some support and some help,” said Greenslade, who spoke to reporters during a walkabout in the Kemp Road community.

“When we arrest people that have committed the most egregious crime in this country and they have reoffended more than twice, we are saying something should be done. Now whatever it means, whatever the intervention means, it should be done.

“Now obviously the intervention of an arrest isn’t solving the problem. We can’t arrest ourselves out of this. We have a hemorrhage and we’ve got to stop it.

“And I believe we have sufficient capable, intelligent people in the right places in authority in the country to fix it.”

He added: “The help that we need is to take the people that commit egregious crimes out of our communities, put them in places of incarceration until they have their day in court.

“Allow them all of the due process, all of the natural justice. Do everything properly and respectfully but do not [release] them in communities to reoffend and to kill our people.”

Greenslade made those comments after he was asked about the frequency of murders. The murder count hit 110 over the weekend.

Murders have increased by 25 percent over last year and appears on-pace to shatter the 2011 murder record. One hundred and twenty-seven murders were recorded that year.

“I’m going to say what I said before; it’s going to annoy a lot of people, but I’m going to say it again, don’t worry about the number today,” Greenslade said.

“We are working like crazy, community and police officers, trying to keep a lid on this thing that is terrible and that is happening in our country.

“But as long as our young sons walk around, relatively young people with guns in their hands with a propensity to kill and hurt and we do nothing to keep them behind bars, we will continue to pick up dead bodies.

“Now that’s going to offend a lot of people. But I’m going to say it again, listen to me clearly. Something must be done to get those people out of communities and where they belong until they have their day in court.

“It cannot be right for a young man to walk around the streets with an illegal firearm, to be arrested and a few days later he is waving at the officers as if nothing has happened.”

Greenslade said he was not assigning blame to anyone.

Asked about the police’s performance, Greenslade said they are doing a good job.

“I’m not sure that you can ask us to do more that we’ve been doing,” he said.

“We spend very little time with our family members. We’re not complaining, but we sacrifice day in and day out. And we never say no. We can’t say no. We’re it and you never will get excuses from us.”

Last week, Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage suggested that judges are to blame for the escalation in violent crime.

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