Sun | Aug 25, 2019

More undercover policing needed

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:17 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The recent shooting of a gunman in Zaidie Gardens, St Andrew, by an off-duty police further strengthens the case for more undercover policing.

The benefit of this kind of policing is twofold. It gives the police a distinct advantage and allows them to catch criminals by surprise, as in the aforementioned incident. Second, as gunmen realise that they no longer have the luxury of knowing who is a police and where the police are at any given time, they know they have to start second-guessing their activities.

This approach is used with much success in the US. ‘Bait cars’ are used in areas plagued by car theft. Undercover female police are deployed to catch rapists. And undercover cops observe and gather valuable intelligence on drug dealers.

Right now, it seems as if licensed firearm holders and off-duty police are doing more to catch criminals than the police officers on duty. I hope the commissioner gets the message soon.

Concerned citizen

St Andrew