Put the army in charge of getting these criminals
Stabroek News
April 4, 2002

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Dear Editor,

Sometimes being right can leave you with a sour taste in the mouth and, in this case, the bile is burning my throat. In spite of all the controversy surrounding Superintendent Leon Fraser, he was one of the few brave men willing to confront the scourge of hardened criminals pervading the society, and for this I honor his name in death.

Things are obviously very wrong for there to have to be men like Leon Fraser in the first place but this is the situation and, putting aside my anger as a security professional, the response I would like to suggest, as an immediate remedy to the crime wave, is most appropriate. This gang of criminals has exhibited a depraved indifference for human life, they are fearless, and quite willing to engage all comers. Well, the answer is relatively simple; let's give them the best of all that we have. Let there be a presidential order that warrants the capture of these criminals, dead or alive, and assigns the mission to the military.

The time is now to start having road blocks, company-size snap cordons and searches, among the many tactical situations that the military is best equipped to provide. The operational planning must begin and a very senior military officer selected to command and control the execution of the mission. The enemy (and these criminals are the enemy of the state) is ruthless, cunning, and quite prepared to engage in a fire fight. Let's get those fire teams out there and have our marksmen training and on standby.

This must be a wake up call, if not, what is. Again, the creation of an orderly society through a comprehensive national crime prevention strategy, must be the basis of all development.

Yours faithfully,

Merrill Hyman Sr.