Government to roll out lawful crime plan in coming months – Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government has a plan for crime, which is being slowly implemented in the upcoming months.
According to Holness, the measures will include more personnel in both the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) as well as equipment that will assist in reducing the level of lawlessness on the island.
Holness, speaking at the 15th annual Heal the Family, Heal the Nation Conference at the National Arena on Wednesday, said that the plan will also have an increase in service vehicles on the road, beefing up of police intelligence, additional equipment to assist with public order, traffic management as well as additional crime-fighting measures.
He said: “We will continue to use, as far as possible, the zones of special operations and the States of Public Emergency. We are training more detectives, we are increasing the size of the JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) so that they can support the police more. We are doing everything possible to build out our national security apparatus.
“But there is one element in that equation and that is you, what you choose to do. If you choose to live at peace with everyone, problem solved."
According to Holness, his administration will not continue the method of using illegal methods to crime fight, as those that are currently being implemented will be within the law.
He stated that successive administrations have used illegal methods to help reduce the crime problem, which has plagued Jamaica for decades.
Holness said: "We will arrest the crime situation and we will do it without abusing anyone’s rights because we are a society, we are a government that believes in preserving, protecting and promoting human rights of our citizens.
“There is a sense in the public that our police force should go harder at the criminals, that someone should get (taken) out.
“No, we can’t go back to the point where we have very high police killings. We are going to fight crime using the law."