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Can the approach to combat COVID-19 be used to tackle crime?

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 12:58 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

We have seen a dramatic reduction in movement of persons all over the country as a result of the enforcement of the anti-COVID-19 risk management act and, by extension, imposition of curfews.

While the efficacy of the curfew measure is left to be seen, but I wish to point out that the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is relatively fewer when compared to the number of murders in Jamaica for the corresponding period. This makes more than a compelling case for at least some of the anti-COVID measures to be superimposed into an anti-crime initiative sooner rather than later.

For example, the concept of ‘contact tracing’ that entails the diligent search and isolation of persons who came in contact with COVID-19.

Can this strategy used by the police to do a ‘contact tracing’ of the criminal gangs operating in the country, and how to identify, isolate and stop the spread of their criminal activities?

I think that the measures put in place to combat COVID have unknowingly set up a platform for the Government to address and tackle crime.

DERRICK SIMON

St Andrew

derrickdsimon@yahoo.com