Jamaica Defence Force’s Denham Town Clean-up Causes a Stir
On 11th November 2023, the Combat Support Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment executed a community clean-up activity in Denham Town. However, numerous people are contesting whether such tasks should fall under the purview of the Jamaica Defence Force.
The clean-up initiative saw members of the Combat Support Battalion working hand in hand with Denham Town residents to clear garbage and debris from the streets and public spaces. The joint effort aimed to foster unity and encourage proper waste disposal practices within the community.
Nevertheless, the debate continues, with critics arguing that the Jamaica Defence Force should focus on core duties such as national security and military operations. They insist that engaging in social activities, such as the Denham Town clean-up, should be the responsibility of civilian institutions and community organizations.
Supporters of the initiative, on the other hand, posit that the Jamaica Defence Force’s involvement showcases their commitment to building strong relationships with communities and fostering a sense of national pride.
As the discourse endures, the Combat Support Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment remains unwavering in their mission to serve the people of Jamaica in various capacities, both military and civilian.
There are a variety of comments on the Jamaica Defence Force Facebook’s Page. Nearly all the comments suggested it is a bad idea to use the Jamaica Defence Force in community clean-up projects. Many argue that the citizens who made the mess should be forced to clean up after themselves.
“WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS THIS?“
Zduhc Zduhc~ Stop using the soldiers as garbage collectors,when since they join NSWMA? All because they don’t have a voice. I bet you will never see an officer doing this,only enlisted ranks,privates to be certain. This is the biggest level of disrespect,do better JDF
Anthony Johnson~ I’m am now certain for sure, that there’s no form of leadership left in the JDF
- Tavares JZ~ Thats why the country stay suh, these people are constantly being rewarded for their bad behavior.
- Dwayne Dee~ That’s what soldiers are doing while we have so many unemployed and unattached people? The boss should be fired with immediate effect. Disgraceful.
- Elton Brown~ The people who made the mess should be cleaning it up
As gun violence rock the inner-city of Denham Town and surrounding areas the government had decided to use the only tool in its toolkit to handle the crimewave. Their go to method is to punish the whole community by setting Zones Of Special Operations (ZOSO) which the Andrew Holness government believes will control the problem. October 17, Members of the Joint Force set up a forward operating base (FOB) in Denham Town.
According the the government, the announcement was the second ZOSO in the community, soldiers and police worked tirelessly to ensure its smooth implementation. The FOB allows the Joint Force to develop a close relationship with the community and provide well needed security and support to residents.
But many Jamaicans are not convince these methods are effective in combating crime and asking the Jamaica Defence Force to clean-up the ghettos are the “Highest level of slackniss!!!”