Jamaica’s Body-Worn Cameras: A Comfort to a Fool?

Jamaica’s Body-Worn Cameras: A Comfort to a Fool?

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A few Jamaicans are comfortable asking awkward questions and forcing public and private officials to account for things they have committed to do and not done, or explaining what they have done in the name of citizens or customers that seem to run counter to the public good. Susan Goffe is one such Jamaican. Once again, she points us clearly in the direction of a set of seeming ‘false promises’ whose non-fulfillment leaves many of us at risk of misdeeds or malfeasance.

Many Jamaicans seem paradoxical. On the one hand, they are extremely suspicious of many if not all official explanations. Yet, the are amazingly accepting of many official explanations. They are not comfortable probing beyond a few superficial pieces of evidence and tend to have a short memory about matters that were raised in the past but not resolved and then seem to recur.

Here is one area, which together with the recent rolling out of CCTV by the security forces, that should make it easier for citizens to literally see and hear what is going on in the country, not least in the area of crimes being committed but of criminals being confronted. Yet, our hands and feet remain bound. Why?

I look forward to an official reaction to this set of findings by Susan.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

6 thoughts on “Jamaica’s Body-Worn Cameras: A Comfort to a Fool?”

  1. Thanks for reblogging, Dennis. In so many areas, official pronouncements are made, systems are put in place and there is little attention paid to implementation and evaluation. And then a few years later, we are back to wondering what we should do about the same situation…

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    1. Jamaica has long been knocked for its implementation deficit. Not always clear that anything much happens after announcements, so ‘systems are put in place’ is to be proved. Jamaica is one of many developing countries that have excellent provisions on paper but lack the reality of their being in place. It’s a cover for a somewhat insidious tendency for corruption, small and large.

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