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Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) President, Joseph M. Matalon, says that the fight against crime is not the sole remit of the security forces and the Government, but requires the input of the wider society as well.
He was speaking at the PSOJ Chairman’s Club Forum held last week at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.
While noting the success of the joint police/military operation in West Kingston, Mr. Matalon said that much more needs to be done to break the “back of criminal enterprise in Jamaica.”
“Much is left to be done, and much of the burden of that work, physical and intellectual, will be borne by.the men and women of the security forces. Let us recognise, further, that the fight against crime and social decay is not the responsibility of the security forces and Government alone.
“We, too, have a role to play in this fight, and are presented, I think, with a unique opportunity to demonstrate our responsibility as individuals and corporate citizens, in helping to build and transform the social and economic fabric of the inner-city communities that have been most affected,” he asserted.
The PSOJ President pointed out that, in light of the unrest and the role members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) played in stabilising the affected areas, the society owed members of the security forces, “not only our gratitude, but also the duty of our strongest and sustained support.”
Pointing to what he described as “resource constraints” which have affected the security forces, Mr. Matalon further stressed the need for “civil society” to ensure they are provided with the necessary tools to “fulfill their mandate.”

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