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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says there will be no letting up in the fight against crime, even as the country is seeing reductions in all categories of violent crimes.
  • We know we are not where we need to be but at least we are closing in on being in line with the rest of the Caribbean and we are not going to let up until we are below the Caribbean average,” he pledged.
  • For his part, Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams noted that the mission of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to ensure that people are safe.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says there will be no letting up in the fight against crime, even as the country is seeing reductions in all categories of violent crimes.

“We are seeing double digit reductions right across the board in all serious and violent crimes in Jamaica. We know we are not where we need to be but at least we are closing in on being in line with the rest of the Caribbean and we are not going to let up until we are below the Caribbean average,” he pledged.

Minister Bunting was speaking at a meeting today (December 16), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices, to discuss security matters affecting the tourism sector.

He said there have been “dramatic reductions” in Westmoreland, where violent crime is down “very significantly this year.” He noted that murders in the parish have been reduced by almost 50 per cent, “and we are seeing encouraging results right across the board.”

He informed that for St. James, “we are starting to see some modest improvement there and we are not going to let up.”

For his part, Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams noted that the mission of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to ensure that people are safe.

“It doesn’t matter that the people are tourists or locals. We want to ensure that we create an environment in which people can do their business lawfully without harassment and without any fear of victimization to the extent that we can,” Dr. Williams said.

He informed that more police officers have been placed in public spaces to ensure that citizens can go about their businesses safely.

“We are aware of the importance of the tourism product and we are doing everything to ensure that the resort areas are safe,” he stated.

Dr. Williams also informed that “we have on the slate, some reassignments to be done, to ensure that there is tighter management of policing resources in some of the resort areas, even as we deal with the general policing issues in those areas to ensure that there is a sense of security not just for tourists, but also for locals.”

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, and other tourism stakeholders, were at the meeting.

 

 

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