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JAMAICA | Crime-fighting Needs a Working Plan, Not Finger Pointing

Featured People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson M.P. People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson M.P.
Kingston, Jamaica, January 29, 2020: People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson, says the crime crisis in which the nation is gripped needs a national and effective plan of action and not politicizing and finger pointing.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s criticism of the PNP's plan to target leaders of gangs for prosecution and imprisonment, Mr. Jackson said the Prime Minister is clearly unaware of the well documented facts of the successes of this approach locally and globally.

The fact that there are more murders and shootings throughout Jamaica after fours (4) years of Prime Minister Holness failed leadership is indisputable, and is compounded by the unprecedented levels of corruption from the level of his Cabinet which assisted to embolden dishonesty and disregard for law and order by criminal minded persons.

He said the continued arbitrary detention of thousands of innocent young Jamaicans under the States of Emergency (SOE) and its failure to halt the crisis demand that a different approach is necessary. This was recently confirmed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police at the PAAC meeting of Parliament on January 22, 2020.

"Mr. Prime Minister, all across Jamaica, people feel unsafe in their homes and communities. They are worried about their children going to school and not coming back to me. Mothers are weeping for their murdered children. The situation is untenable. Apprehending and arresting and convicting perpetrators must be a major part of the solution. We will speak about this without apology." Mr. Jackson said as he urged the Prime Minister to act in the interest of all Jamaicans.

He pointed out that Operation Kingfish, which is to be reintroduced by the next PNP government, was established to fight against organized crime, in particular the illegal drug trade, and it was successful in putting a big dent in the criminal networks in Jamaica. Under Kingfish, several organized criminal networks were severely impacted and criminal masterminds were apprehended and locked away.

Mr. Jackson said the focus must be on identifying and arresting criminals and bringing them to book. The police must be properly resourced to do this, and the violence plagued communities must be given social support to assist residents in a national process of transformation.

Mr. Jackson said the best practices of the past which include the use of special teams, curfews and searches, targeted operations and social intervention along with modern technical tactics and methods must be explored.


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