VIDEO: National campaign against violence in 2018 - Holness
Created : 1 January 2018
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness rang in 2018 by talking tough against crime, promising to do all it takes to bring back a "peaceful Jamaica".
In his New Year's Message, the prime minister said: "This year I intend to lead a National Campaign against violence in all its forms. In 2018 let’s bring back the Irie Jamaica, the Peaceful Jamaica, the Loving Jamaica, the Happy Jamaica, the Prosperous and Progressive Jamaica."
Among the measures, he said Government will "scale up the Zones of Special Operations to reclaim communities that have been captured by criminals" and introduce new legislation to transform the police service including tackling corruption within the force.
Holness' message came against the background of one of the bloodiest years in Jamaica's history, with more than 1,600 people losing their lives violently. Watch Holness' New Year's Message below.