MAY 12, 2005
DCP Mark Shields
What is the extent of corruption you encounter within the JCF and
how high up the rank does it exist?
I would say having being here for only 2 1/2 months it would be
difficult to quantify the degree of corruption - however I do recognise
that it is a problem that undermines a community's confidence in
the JCF. There is a new anti corruption branch that will root out
corrupt officers at all levels.
Are there plans to stop having the Police guarding Politicians
No. There is a protection unit who will continue to protect politician.
Good, Day My question to you is you have been in power couple months
now and the murder rate is climbing miraculously. What is your aim
and goal to lower the crime rate?????
Since I have been in office the crime rate has not increased dramatically.
We are putting operation methods to focus our resource in an intelligence
led fashion. So far there have been some success in August Town
and parts of Kingston eastern. However we still have a long way
to go. I am working with my senior detectives on a strategy to increase
our clear up rates for homicide.
How will he control the crime rate in Jamaica, with the numbers
of killing this last weekend.
We will ensure that we maximise the use of our resources by being
intelligence driven. In an effort to focussing where the crime problems
are more serious. Although it is early days we are beginning to
see some success in this strategy.
Let me first welcome Mr. Shields to Jamaica, and hope that he succeeds
in helping us rid our beloved country of crime, well at least reduce
it to tolerable levels.
Thank you for your welcome. I reallyl enjoy being here and help
with the crime problem.
good evening commissioner...will jamaica be ever safe again
Jamaica is already safe in some areas. I believe with given time
and some effective policing methods supported by working in the
community we can make it even safer.
Mr. Shields don't you think that being a member of an Institutionally
racist organisation should immediately disqualify you from the current
position you hold in Jamaica?
What organisation is that?
Mr. Shields people in Jamaica don't trust the police to give them
info. Many police themselves are performing criminal activities.
What are your plans to restore some confidence in the Jamaican people
so that they can trust the police and how are we going to rid ourselves
of the bad eggs in the force?
The JCF have established a professional standards branch incorporating
an anticorruption unit. This will root out corruption at all level
of the organisation at all level . I believe that this will help
in increasing public confidence.
A suggestion that I have is to raise the reward stakes of persons
who turn in a firearm, This can help to get a lot of the guns off
There is already an effective reward system in crime stoppers and
king fish. Many people do give information to the police and are
rewarded financially. However most of the calls we receive people
are rewarded simply by doing something good for Jamaica.
Batty? callme (m)
What is being done about the situation in Spanish Town... it is
becoming a town of extortionists?
I agree that the level of organised crime and extortion in Spanish
Town is unacceptable. We are putting measures in place to combat
that problem at both the top and bottom.
I would like to suggest that the hotspots in the corporate area
and all capital cities been identified and CCTV be installed
We have already identified hot spots and police them in an intelligence
led way. We have reduced homicide in the areas where we have implemented
When is the Jamaican government going to step up and take a stand
on crooked government officials which includes Police officers,
Lawyers, Judges and Politicians?
The Ministry of National Security has stated that he will not tolerate
corruption in any form and there are moves to establish an independent
DR SIR MR SHIELDS I HAVE A VERY SERIOUS QUESTION FOR U WHY WHEN
U GUYS ARE GOING ON A RADE U TELL THE GUYS IN UR SQUAD WERE U GOING
DONT U THINK THERE ARE NORMAL HUMAN BEING AND THEY TELL THIER FRENS
AND WHEN U GUYS REACH ALL THE GUNZ AND THE MAN DEM GONE
Yes I agree it is operation ludicrous to warn criminals before we
arrive. WE will work with the intelligence and keep our tactics
secret until the last minute.
My first recommendation to assist in fighting crime is to install
cameras in town centres and major intersections etc. as a person
involved in IT I recommend this ZX20 ballistic camera. which is
bullet proof and was recently installed in New Orleans.
I think CCTV is an effective crime prevention and evidence gathering
tool It has been used extensively in the US and UK at a time when
witnesses are reluctant to come forward it is good for us to rely
on technology. The camera never lies!
Have you been receiving adequate support within the JCF?
I have received overwhelming support from myth colleagues in the
its good to know Mr. Shield that u know to get a clean Jamaica,
u must first root out all those law men who are corrupted,
Yes we are aware of that and I will do all I can to rid the force
of corrupt and unprofessional police officers.
I think one of the biggest problems in Jamaica is the perceived
link between the politician and criminals and i think there is where
we need to put some focus
The vast majority of senior politician would agree with this statement
and I am sure they are doing all they can to rid themselves of all
DCP MARK GOOD EVENING I WANT TO KNOW WHY IS THAT THESE JAMAICA CAN
NOT LIVING LOVING WITH EACH OTHERE
There is a lot of intolerance throughout the world. Jamaica is no
different. We just have to work together to rid ourselves of criminality.
Mr. Shields, do you thing the laws in Jamaica need to be changed
or amended to bring the criminals to book faster?
We need an effective and efficient justice system. We also need
laws in place to attack the vast finances accumulated by organised
criminals and dons. We have made a request to the government to
speed this request through parliament.
How involve are the politician with organized crime and to what
extent are they protecting the gunmen within their constituencies?
I have no evidence of this from my short stay in the country. However
I am aware of rumours and third hand stories> I am yet to form
an opinion on this.
ARKAN...SIMPLY PUT...THAT'S NOT A FEASABLE IDEA
DCP Mark Shields, how is it so far working in Jamaica i bet your
hands are full right?
I really enjoy my work and I therefore do not find the enormity
of the task daunting. I also receive a lot of support from my friends
and colleague in Ja.
Lady WarLord GummyBear
Mr Mark Shields what are yours plans as far as helping to lower
the crime rate in Jamaica, and do you have a time limit? And if
so when the time limit runs outs what do you plan on doing afterwards
to help better the island? Another thing, what took you so long?
I have a contract for 4 years and during that time I will do everything
I can to make JA. a safer place with a reduced crime rate. I have
no idea how long this task will take. I can only make a commitment
to work hard to the objectives outlined above.
My ques is how much has been done since the 3 cop killings and what
measures have been put in place???
The investigaton into the tragic deaths of the officers continues.
We will bring those responsible to justice. We have put measures
I n place to make the community and police officer safer but it
would be inappropriate to go into details.
But Mr. Shields what are the police doing about the extortion racket
that is eating away the business sector in Jamaica?
Extortion is a major problem in Ja. especially in the larger towns.
The law to tackle extortion is ineffective but we are in discussion
with govt and DPP to explore ways in which we can fight it more
effective at the top and bottom.
Mr. shields i don't know if its possible to do this, but i believe
any area that u are not able to have enough policing, u should shut
it down, for example, moutain view, that's a wicked place.
The majority of people in mountain view and other communities where
there are a lot of violence are good and honest Jamaicans and therefore
my focus would be on the men of violence and organised crime. We
must allow people the freedom to go about their lawful business.
How does it feel being in charge of a police force with a sometimes
I come from a police force with a questionable past but we in London
learn by our mistakes. I hope i can bring some of that learning
Will you get the right tools for your men to fight crime?
All police forces request more resources. We need to ensure that
we are using what we have more effectively and efficiently. But
clearly we do need more.
Inspector: What type of briefing did you get from Scotland Yard
about the link with inner city gunmen and the political directorate
in Jamaica. Were you advised that there are truly untouchables in
Jamaica, whom the police, the army and the politicians are scared
the daylight of?
There is no such thing as an untouchable we just need to work harder
to secure the evidence to bring people to court.
Are there any plans afoot to re train police officer in basic people
skills and customer service skills
The police interpersonal skills is an important tool ot gain public
confidence. The JCF officers do an extremely difficult and dangerous
job but we must be mindful that their approach to a community must
be respectful and polite. I would always encurage our officers to
act in this way despite frequent provocation.
Mr. Shields where are u from???
I am from London, England.
dcp mark shields top of the day to u sir, let me first introduce
myslf to u. I am an ex-police officer form jamaica, and now a serving
member in another police force in another jurisdiction. I have spent
ten years in the jcf , with all my interest and intention to serve
my country, but was force to leave because of the kind of treatment
and the way the government sees the police force as though it is
not necessary. Do you think that if the police have been paying
a better salary it would scale down corruption in the police force?
Low pay is only one symptom of corruption. Another comes from a
minority of people who are prepared to offer to the police. Both
sides are wrong and undermine all the good work we do. The commissioner
intends to root out corrruption at every level.
I think Jamaica needs a definite change in strategy and somehow
you represent a possibility for that how, do you agree with that?
I think I was invited to work here because I come from a different
policing background. I hope that my previous experience will complement
the good work already being done by the JCF.
How do you plan to break down the barrier that now exist where in
the citizens protect the criminal element and show disdain towards
those trying to uphold the law?
That is a difficult process. First we have to demonstrate to the
community that we are a police force with integrity. That in itself
will boost confidence and persuade people to come forward and help
Mr. Shields I know you main focus is on crime but there is a general
break down of law and order in Jamaica and one place where it is
evident is on the roads...What are some of the things you propose
we do to curb this? I know in London they have cameras in strategic
locations could u propose this to your local authority?
I totally agree with you. The standard driving in Ja. is poor and
traffic laws such as crash helmet wearing on motor cycle is ignored.
We need to crack down on motorist offenders in order that we can
save lives on the roads.
As a Jamaican living abroad, I am very concern about crime in the
country. I have had numerous conversations with Jamaican retirees
in the US who would have loved to retire back home, but because
of the problem with crime, they have been turned off. Lost of foreign
investment in the country.
The level of crime in Jamaica is unacceptable high. The commissioner
and his team will do all they can to reduce this and encourage people
to return to Jamaica We want it to be perceived as a safe place.
But this will take time and effort by everybody.
Mr. Shields, do you think that some troubled spots could be cordoned
off by both the JDF and the JCF in tandem so that everybody going
in or out of these areas can be searched while the security officers
search building by building so at the end of a particular operation
we can rest assure that at least one area is clear o illegal weapons
thus incidences of illegal activities will be reduced.
Those tactics are already been used already with others I hope to
bring to the table.
Good Day Mr. Shields there are communities in Jamaica with crime
rates above the roof that the Jamaican government is afraid to tackle
due to response from the communities riots, roadblocks, fires etc.
as well as people who will shoot back at the police, Is the Government
gonna continue to live in fear and worry about the result of a raid
or do they plan to clean up everywhere?
I think that the govt. is standing up to crime. It is clear from
Minister Phillip's budget speech that every effort is being made
and will be made to tackle crime head on particularly with level
of homicides however it is not just a govt. responsibility. Everybody
has a part to play and must play it.
Mr. Shields, I believe that some of the crime is cause by non production
of the Jamaican citizen, I believe u should use some of those area
men, and politicians to help solve the crime.
Poverty and unemployment are of many concern and factor in a high
crime rate. Government and community have their part to play in
solving this problem.
Jackie Bello~*Low Mi Name*~
Jamaicans need Jesus!!!
Mr. Shields are police numbers adequate for the task
There would always be a cry for more police officers. First and
foremost we must ensure that those we already have are deployed
effectively and efficiently. The commissioner is keen to reduce
the no. of non operational police staff and to deploy them to front
line duty wherever possible.
Good Afternoon Sir I heard that at the time of Bogle's death, the
murder was caught on surveillance camera and there is no doubt of
who the murder is. How true are that and what steps are being taken
to bring the killer/killers to justice.
I am unaware of any surveillance of the actual murder. We continue
to investigate this awful crime and will do everything we can to
bring the murders to justice.
Mark Shields as a foreigner, I worry about my family in Jamaica,
from what I see you are making promises as well and letting us know
what you will do. EMPTY PROMISES are common among Jamaican officials,
prime ministers etc. On what grounds can you say we should believe
what you are telling us tonight?
Give me time and judge me by my results. I will do all that I can
to support the commissioner and the rest of the JCF in their fight
against crime and to make Jamaica a safer place.
With the advent of the Caribbean being used as a transshipment point
for the drug trade, can we ever gain control of the dire situation
in the country?
A lot of effort has gone into reducing drug trafficking into Jamaica
from South America, some of this work has been conducted by Kingfish
and other agencies. We will continue to fight gun and drug trafficking
DCPMarkShields continue doing a good job we are all happy that u
are helping Jamaica with the crime and violence!!!
Thank you for your kind words. I will do all I can to help this
I believe the police need get more modernized detection equipment.
The police have to start to dig and dig deep to find the guns. Witness
protection is a joke. Look at the young fellow who was killed a
few weeks ago after testifying in a murder case that involved his
parents. What is the government doing to protect people who have
evidence to put the accused person behind bars? What is being done
to build up confidence in the police force? Police presence needs
to be in the Spanish Town area. The criminals have taken over Spanish
Town. Get some heat helicopters and some heat sensing equipment
and some Internet cameras in the high crime areas. Are there plans
to get the equipment, battons and guns alone do not work in a high
The traffic death of Thompson was not a result of witness protection
programme. We will do all we can to protect witnesses and encourage
people to come forward and give evidence. The use of technology
will enhance our ability to provide evidence without relying on
I am wondering what do you think about getting ex police commissioner
McMillan back in the office?
I think Mr. Mcmillan did a great job and I have spoken to him. I
do not believe he has any plans to return to the JCF.
Lady WarLord GummyBear
Why is it that so many cops are being probed? I suggest that once
you're being probed you should be stripped of your firearm and all
rights as a law enforcer. This is getting out of hand now!
The rules around the suspension of police officers suspected of
corruption and crime are weak. The commissioner is working with
the govt. in an effort to rid ourselves of corrupt officers.
Does that violate anyone's rights to have camera's installed?
No as long as there are guidelines as to their use. The CCTV camera
will always protect the majority. Only criminals are in fear of
Why are guns and other contraband intercepted at wharves and other
ports paraded for the media and not tracked to their destinations?
Sometimes it is not obvious where these goods are destined. And
if allowed to continue into the country may be lost. It is therefore
an operational decision to seize them at the point of entry.
Mr. Shields, It is a pleasure to have you in Jamaica to assist in
combating the crimes going on in the island and I do hope that you
will be able to put an end to the illegal guns that are entering
Thank you for your words. I will do everything I can to do assist
the JCF to stop the flow of guns in Jamaica.
SO MR SHIELDS WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE AK-47`S ON THE STREETS ARE U
TRYING 2 GET RID OF THEM
Mister Shields. There are guns in the island of Jamaica that were
not made there. Is it possible that there be a crackdown on shipments
and [packages that come to the island that these guns are carried
in Barrels/Car parts/ etc.?????????????
Yes. It is very difficult to monitor every package brought into
the country. We already have a sophisticated ex-ray machine but
more needs to be done to stop the flow of guns and drug into the
country. The JCF will work with other agencies both in and outside
of Jamaica to achieve this difficult role.
Will you agree that the criminals have no respect for anyone, there
perception of life is much different from ours, have you considered
in reaching to their level to see how they are thinking and what
makes them so hopeless?
I agree. But never forget that gunmen also have mothers, sons and
Regarding the concern of corrupt politicians linked to criminal
activity, are you ready to levy the full force of the law in dismantling
The commissioner and the JCF will tackle crime and criminality in
any form regardless of colour , creed or politics.
I think its good what you are trying to do, but Jamaica can never
be better with all those criminals.
We all have our part to play in ridding ourselves of the criminals.
It will be a hard task and will take great courage. I truly believe
together we can win.
Mr. Shields what can be don to put some pressure on the USA government
as to how the guns are coming to Jamaica easily the same way they
put pressure on Jamaica about drugs why can't they find out where
the guns are coming from?
We are working closely with our colleagues in the USA and elsewhere.
We will continue to share intelligence and mount operations to arrest
those responsible for he importation of guns and drugs.
Just try to do your best people are depending on you. dont start
and then stop
I will do all I can. I love working here. I enjoy being in Jamaica
and will support the commissioner in all his efforts to reduce crime.
Mr. Shields, are you really appealing to the population of criminals,
its seems as if its only the law abiding citizens knows of you and
your intention, they do not read news paper nor listen to the radio,
so how will they know of these initiatives? Is there another way
of reaching to them?
They do. Criminals have their own intelligence-gathering network.
They scan the media like the rest of us. They listen to news of
their criminal act on TV and on radio. Never underestimate a criminal.
How different is working in Jamaica as opposed to previous experiences?
The culture in Jamaica is certainly different although I am used
to work with people who originate from Jamaica or in the Caribbean
in London. Many of the policing methods that I practice are compatible
where ever they are employed.
MaKe 7UP YoURs
Although I did not see my ? It was a good interview
Mr. Shields you have a difficult job sir and i wish you all the
best however, i don't think we have the political will to combat
this monster the way we should
I think Minister Phillips and his colleagues in the PNP and the
JLP are determined to rid Jamaica of corruption and crime. That's
my experience and I am yet to be proven wrong.
There have been many questions this evening and I have really enjoyed
being a guest on the Online Chat room. It demonstrates the amount
of interest and concern in Jamaica. Thank you for your support.
I can assure you that every officer in the JCF will do all they
can to make Jamaica a safer place. Never forget it is a joint effort.
We all have our part to play.