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Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips is to meet with top security personnel on Wednesday (January 10), to do an analysis and evaluation of the crime situation in the country.
“Following the meeting, the Minister and the Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, will meet with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to brief her on the outcome of those discussions, as well as to indicate what measures are to be deployed at this time to ensure that in 2007, the trend continues in respect of the reduction of major crimes in the country,” Information and Development Minister, Donald Buchanan told journalists yesterday (January 8).
He was speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.
Mr. Buchanan said concerns were raised at the weekly Cabinet meeting about the upsurge in major crimes, including murder, during the first week of January.
The Minister further informed that Dr. Phillips will, on Monday, January 15, bring a report to Cabinet on the discussions that would be held this week with members of the top security team.
In 2006, there was a 20 per cent reduction in major crimes, including murder.
On another matter, Mr. Buchanan announced that Cabinet has approved a contract valued at $30.99 million for road re-surfacing works on Knightsdale Drive in Kingston.
The contract has been awarded to Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.
Mr. Buchanan also noted that there has been variation to another road contract in relation to South Camp Road, which was awarded for an original sum of $103.81 million.
“The variation which Cabinet approved today is to include works of a similar nature to improve sections of North Street and Upper Elletson Road. The contractor is Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited and the variation is in the amount of $57,347,750,” said the Minister.