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  • “Crime Stop is safe,” is the assurance given by Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Fund, Peter John Thwaites, who is urging persons to support the programme.
  • The Chairman gave this assurance during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the Ministry of National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and the National Crime Prevention Fund.
  • Mr. Thwaites indicated that the renewal of the MOU is testament of the commitment of the private sector in the fight against crime.

“Crime Stop is safe,” is the assurance given by Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Fund, Peter John Thwaites, who is urging persons to support the programme, and report crime, by calling 311.

“People can feel comfortable to report crime, as there has not been any compromise to the Crime Stop network, since its establishment 25 years ago,” he pointed out.

The Chairman gave this assurance during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the Ministry of National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and the National Crime Prevention Fund, at the Ministry’s head office, in Kingston, on July 28, 2014.

Mr. Thwaites indicated that the renewal of the MOU is testament of the commitment of the private sector in the fight against crime, particularly as it pertains to the recovery of illegal guns, ammunition and narcotics.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Major General (retired) Stewart Saunders, said the Ministry is pleased to renew the two-year agreement which will see the Government providing two million dollars towards the payment of rewards.

Major General Saunders further indicated that the MOU is in keeping with the Government’s Unite for Change strategy, which uses a coordinated and targeted approach in addressing crime and violence in Jamaica.

To this end, the Ministry has forged partnerships with other government entities, faith-based, and community organisations, schools, non-government organisations, and the private sector.

“It is partnerships such as these, that we are embracing under the Unite for Change initiative, where the public and private sectors, and citizens, can together, help to curb crime in the society,” he emphasised.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds, who participated in the signing, said the partnership between the JCF and National Crime Prevention Fund has been “strong” and fruitful, as it has resulted in several arrests and the seizure of illegal guns and ammunition in Jamaica.