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  • Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, has said that the government was determined to implement relevant legislation to separate criminals from their ill-gotten gains.
  • As such, he informed, the government intended to have amendments to the Finger Print Act passed in Parliament before the end of the year, and place the Proceeds from Crime Act before the House early in 2005.
  • He was speaking on Thursday (Oct. 28) at the official opening of the Mountain View Police station, located at the corner of Mountain View Avenue and Langston Road. Dr. Phillips said the upgrading of police stations was part of a national strategy to improve the crime fighting machinery.

Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, has said that the government was determined to implement relevant legislation “to separate criminals from their ill-gotten gains”.

As such, he informed, the government intended to have amendments to the Finger Print Act passed in Parliament before the end of the year, and place the Proceeds from Crime Act before the House early in 2005.

“Yesterday (Oct. 27) we spent the day going through the draft of the Proceeds of Crime Act,” the Minister informed.

He was speaking on Thursday (Oct. 28) at the official opening of the Mountain View Police station, located at the corner of Mountain View Avenue and Langston Road.

Dr. Phillips said the upgrading of police stations was part of a national strategy to improve the crime fighting machinery.

He noted the continuing efforts at peace within the Mountain View community but said that work must now progress towards the laying down of arms.

He told the audience that, “we have to eventually move the communities from peace, toward disarmament”.

Borrowing from the late reggae singer, Peter Tosh, he added, “we will not get peace or the sort of disarmament that we want, without justice. And so, that is the call that we really have, that this station will be a centre, not only for the spread of peace, but will be seen also as a centre of justice and fair play”.

The National Security Minister said that community policing remained at the heart of Jamaica’s crime fighting strategy, as the objective was to establish a sound relationship between community members and the police.

“It will be impossible, whether in the community or nationally, to solve the problems that we face, unless there is full cooperation from the citizens,” he stressed.

Also participating in the opening ceremony were Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jevene Bent and community stakeholders.