Prominent former Scotland Yard senior investigator, Mark Shields, is rejecting a claim by Jamaica’s Deputy Commissioner in charge of crime, Glenmore Hinds, that Jamaican police are doing far better than their counterparts in London and New York at solving murders.
Mr. Shields has also served as a Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of crime in Jamaica.
On Wednesday, DCP Hinds made the bold declaration that investigators in Jamaica have made more gains in solving murders than law enforcement in New York and London.
He argued that despite several challenges, the Jamaican police solve approximately 6-hundred murders each year.
Mark Shields says he’s not being critical of the efforts of Jamaican law enforcement who are trying their best despite a severe lack of resources.
But Mr. Shields says the claim by DCP Hinds is not true.
Mr. Shields says DCP Hinds’ comparison of Jamaica to New York is also off based.
The former DCP says more up to date technology, including DNA forensics and CCTV, is necessary if Jamaica is to vastly improve the clear up rate for serious crimes.