JAMAICA – PNP wants special crime task force

KINGSTON – The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is recommending the establishment of a Special Task Force to put a lid on the mounting murder tally across the island, especially in St James.

According to the PNP’s suggestion, the task force should embody elements of the security forces and set out to: identify, build the evidence, apprehend and convict those people who are the leading purveyors of violent crimes.

“…We also think that there is urgent need for what I might call a special task force involving all the critical elements of the security forces: the JCF, MOCA, JDF that sets out to identify, build the evidence, apprehend and convict those persons who are the leading purveyors of violent criminality or murder at the present time,” Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips noted.

“Those are lessons that Jamaica has learned in its past. Simply put, the best and most effective method of reducing violent crime is to identify those responsible and bring them to book and convict them before the courts and take them off the streets. And that certainly is something that is urgently needed at the present time,” he added.

Dr Phillips was on Saturday afternoon speaking at a media briefing following discussions with members of the Montego Bay business community at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa regarding the troubling spate of crime and violence in Montego Bay and St James.

Phillips, who led an Opposition team, which included Shadow Minister on National Security Fitz Jackson; Shadow Minister on Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill; Senator Noel Sloley and PNP executive member Noel Sloley Jnr bemoaned the escalating murder rate in Montego Bay.

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is recommending the establishment of a Special Task Force to put a lid on the mounting murder tally across the island, especially in St James.

According to the PNP’s suggestion, the task force should embody elements of the security forces and set out to: identify, build the evidence, apprehend and convict those people who are the leading purveyors of violent crimes.

“…We also think that there is urgent need for what I might call a special task force involving all the critical elements of the security forces: the JCF, MOCA, JDF that sets out to identify, build the evidence, apprehend and convict those persons who are the leading purveyors of violent criminality or murder at the present time,” Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips noted.

“Those are lessons that Jamaica has learned in its past. Simply put, the best and most effective method of reducing violent crime is to identify those responsible and bring them to book and convict them before the courts and take them off the streets. And that certainly is something that is urgently needed at the present time,” he added.

Dr Phillips was on Saturday afternoon speaking at a media briefing following discussions with members of the Montego Bay business community at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa regarding the troubling spate of crime and violence in Montego Bay and St James.

Phillips, who led an Opposition team, which included Shadow Minister on National Security Fitz Jackson; Shadow Minister on Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill; Senator Noel Sloley and PNP executive member Noel Sloley Jnr bemoaned the escalating murder rate in Montego Bay. 

Source: (Jamaica Observer)

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