Wednesday 22 January, 2020

They took too long to implement my recommendations – Mark Shields

Mark Shields

Mark Shields

Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields says the delay by successive governments to implement systems and procedures he had recommended, over a decade ago, has contributed to the continuing high rate of crime the nation is being dogged by.

Shields first came to Jamaica in 2003 to investigate the fatal shooting of four persons at Crawle in Clarendon by members of the retired Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams-led Crime Management Unit. He was seconded from Scotland Yard in 2005 and was installed in the post of deputy commissioner.

He had then made several recommendations with a view of modernising the constabulary including improved DNA and forensic testing facilities. However, the legislature has dragged its feet and to date some of his recommendations have yet to be implemented.

“There are many thing being done now that could have been done 10 years ago. These were things that I had recommended when I just got here. There is no quick fix. It’s going to take years to solve the problem,” Shields told Loop News.

Shields was however, keen to point out that, even with the most modern and efficient crime fighting systems and procedures, beating back the monster of crime would take a concerted effort by the entire nation.

“I don’t think that there is any less effort going into the problem of crime. That’s never, ever going to solve the problem. It’s not only about crime fighting. It’s about education, it’s about all the other things, like people getting killed for driving and splashing someone with water. The fight against crime needs all of us,” he said.

Shields’ investigative capabilities was the driving force behind law enforcement securing a conviction against former Matthews Lane strongman, Donald Zeeks’ Phipps who is serving a life sentence for the murders of Rodney Farquharson and Deighton ‘Scotch Brite’ Williams, both of Bayshore Park in Harbour View, St Andrew, on April 15, 2005.

Shields declined an extension to his contract with the police force in 2008 and established his security consultant company, Shields Crime and Security Consultants.

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