The Prime Minister said the data highlights the improvements in the number of cases brought before the courts and the change in the operation of the members of the security forces.
“Never before in the history of this country have our security forces brought so many cases before the courts. What this country needs to appreciate, is that we are not only bringing in the gang leaders and the gangs, but we are also decreasing extrajudicial killings in the security forces and we are not doing it because there is INDECOM. It is now comforting to say that after a murder has taken place, we have found the suspects and we are building cases,” said Prime Minister Holness.
The Prime Minister added that the use of force policy used by the member of the security forces is equal to the ones used by our developed partners.
“The average policeman understands that we can use force without violence. It is a long road that we are on to win over the average citizen to the kind of policing that we are doing. Many of the citizens still see the police as Babylon, but the police understands that they must respect the citizens and treat them professionally. That is that standard that we have set,” said Prime Minister Holness.
In that regard, the Prime Minister asserted that the Government remains committed to continuing its plan to secure Jamaica which includes increasing our border security.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Holness urged the Leader of the Opposition to support measures that gives the Government emergency powers to control the crime and increase police presence in communities.
“I have been saying for years that we have an epidemic in crime and violence and those who are under the illusion that somehow ordinary measures are going to control the problem, the people who suffer and who are victims of crimes, you are doing them an injustice,” said Prime Minister Holness.
The Prime Minister noted that the number of murders has steadily decreased from a high of 1600 to 1300 in over three years.
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