OPINION

Idle talk not helping situation

When the riots broke out following the shooting of a teenager last December, a series of political and operational mistakes resulted in the fiasco that led to the police being unable to respond to the conflict on our streets. Things have taken a turn for the worse ever since, while the officials who were responsible for the situation remained in their posts or, in some cases, even received promotions. Unfortunately, these idle officials are putting the brakes on efforts to tackle the escalating violence. Worse, some of them have been hasty in announcing new measures to boost public safety. They have done so in a pompous manner. However, what the public is interested in is results. The only individuals who benefit from the constant government announcements are the criminals, who get the chance to learn the police’s new operational plans early on. It’s a pity that those who are responsible for the current situation are still in place. But they should at least refrain from making grandiose statements or big claims and leave the professionals and the courageous to do their jobs.