A total of 1,005 people have been killed up to August 26 of this year. This, the Opposition said, is 197 murders more when compared to the same period last year, and is shaping up to surpass the 1,005 people murdered in 2014.
Shootings as at August 26 stood at 894, 156 more incidents than the number for the same period last year. This represents an increase of 21 per cent. Police fatal shooting, the Opposition said, has increased by 50 per cent.
“…The police cannot act without critical resources. We are deeply concerned as a party at the Government's failure to produce a response or a credible plan of action which will enable the country as a whole to rally around the security forces and around some general and comprehensive effort to stem this type of criminality and violence,” Phillips told journalists at the press conference.
At the same time, the Opposition leader outlined a slew of recommendations, which he said should help with reducing the crime rate.
He called on the Government to, among other things, “restore” approximately $2 billion cut from the 2017/2018 security budget; speed up wage negotiations with the police; convene a national stakeholder group to define a national consensus around crime-fighting efforts; pass legislation to establish the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency as an independent body when Parliament reconvenes; put in place social intervention programmes mooted with adequate funding; and convene dedicated courts to facilitate the clearing of the backlog of criminal cases.
"We are going to propose an amendment, especially in light of the FLA experience, that would ensure that the oversight board is made up of persons who are not participants in the political process, nor have been in the recent past participants in the political process, and are clearly persons of high reputation and integrity," the Opposition Leader declared.
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