PM Holness told Jamaicans at a town hall at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C, that the mandate of the commission would be to make recommendations to the government on measures that may be pursued to make Jamaica a more caring and loving society.
"I think that that is very important to our brand because violence is tarnishing Jamaica," Holness lamented..
Holness suggested that one of the reasons for Jamaica's crime problem stemmed from the propensity to violence, while a secondary issue related to the lack of trust in the police.
This he said resulted in criminals assuming the roles of dispensing justice, welfare and protection.
He said at present, the government was seeking to correst this problem, and one of the ways in which was being done was through the declaration of States of Emergency and the Zones of Special Operations in certain parts of the country.
Holness claimed that "For the first time, the Jamaican government has deployed force."
The Prime Minister also told members of the Jamaican diaspora in Washington that there have been no complaint of misuse of force in the areas where the security measures have been imposed.
The Prime Minister has promised that within the next decade, Jamaica's murder rate and level of violence will be significantly reduced.
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