Why can’t the police catch the criminals?
Even though we had not caught any criminals, I had high hopes because for three weeks in October, there were no shootings and murders. Soon thereafter, shooting and murders started to occur again, and my hope was dashed. I just don’t get it. Why can’t the police catch these criminals in this small island of Providenciales which is only 37 ½ sq miles and perhaps has a population of 40,000? How long must we endure this violence that is taking place in our beloved country? How long will these criminals get away with murder? How long will injustice take place?
One thing there is nothing new under the sun. What is happening in our country has happened in other places. It also happened in Biblical times. There was so much violence in Judah and Habakkuk cried out to the Lord asking him if he is doing anything about it. Here is Habakkuk’s first complaint in Habakkuk, Chapter 1:2-4
“How long, Lord must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and conflict abound. Therefore, the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous so that justice is perverted.”
There are many of us praying for this violence to end and for the criminals to be caught and it looks like nothing is happening. However, God is still the same God, and we must maintain our faith that God will come to the rescue and this violence and injustice will come to an end.
Why is injustice taking place and we cannot catch these criminals?
Rolf Jacobson on his commentary on Habakkuk summed it up well. He said “Because the law depends on human agents to function well, the law has become slack. For this reason, justice never prevails.”
We need the police to function well in their roles so that they can catch these criminals. There are criminals loose among us in this country. We cannot continue to carry on business as usual. The police must top up its game to catch these criminals. They cannot let their guards down. The police must be proactive and be on standby in those areas and respond immediately to the calls that come to the contact center.
In the press release of that family that were murdered in Dock Yard, the police said they received the call that morning even though the incident allegedly happened the night before. If the call was received the night before, why did the press release say the call was received in the morning. In April 2022, it was reported that a woman called 911 to say that someone broke her door, and the operator told her that the police will check it in the morning. To date, as far as I know we are still waiting on the results of the investigation. Things like this cause injustice and violence to continue.
Another reason why we cannot catch the criminals is because the community does not trust the Police as they feel things are not kept confidential. Somehow, it appears that the criminals are aware when people are talking to the police. It does not necessarily have to be the police, but somebody is talking because the criminals appear to be the one step ahead and as a result they are not being caught.
Apparently, the police have intelligence about who the criminals are and where they reside. Therefore, the police must be visible in these areas and start raiding and searching homes. We are tired of all these crimes that are taking place with the criminals not being caught. While I believe justice will take place eventually but how long must be wait.