While the new superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department assures everyone that crime is on the decline, I believe that it exposes the biggest fallacy of drug, guns, and organized crime syndicates. Law enforcement is only one part of a multi-dimensional solution.
Sure we need to find suspects guilty of crimes and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. However, this is like the problem with drugs, if the social conditions they inspire gang-life or drug addiction are not addressed, then law enforcement will never truly eradicate the problem. As most people in Puerto Rico are sharply aware, something is only illegal if you get caught.
While cliche, if we can not remove the incentive for people to pursue a high or the promise of easy riches, we will never see the end to our Puerto Rico murder problem. The true social challenge for Puerto Rican society is to address the root causes of homicide, drug addiction, greed, and apathy. We must accept that the social solution to our problems requires our unified attention and desire to change.
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