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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is calling on Jamaicans to form a united front with the security forces to protect the nation’s children and promote a culture of peace in the country.
  • The Governor-General was addressing Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the St. Andrew region, at the Stella Maris Church Hall, on Shortwood Road, on May 14.
  • He reminded the gathering that the title of Justice of the Peace signifies that persons in the position are charged with the responsibility of playing a key role in ensuring public peace.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is calling on Jamaicans to form a united front with the security forces to protect the nation’s children and promote a culture of peace in the country.

“The sexual exploitation and brutal murder of our children have been sending shock waves across the island. Just standing up and condemning this evil is not enough, we have to form a united front in support of the security and law enforcement authorities to defeat this enemy,” he emphasised.

“All of us want our people to live in greater security. This is the time when all Jamaicans who want the best for our country will need to come together to take Jamaica back from the crime, mediocrity and negativity which have become all to pervasive,” he added.

The Governor-General was addressing Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the St. Andrew region, at the Stella Maris Church Hall, on Shortwood Road, on May 14.

He reminded the gathering that the title of Justice of the Peace signifies that persons in the position are charged with the responsibility of playing a key role in ensuring public peace.

“We were commissioned to be the peace makers. We were commissioned to make the difference. At a time when Jamaica is at its greatest need, it is the time when our bulwarks and our strong towers, our JPs, need to stand up and be counted,” he urged.

The Governor-General stressed the need for JPs to be more proactively involved in the communities that they were sworn to serve and act as a collective force for change.

Meanwhile,  Her Worship the Mayor, Senator, Councillor, Dr. Angella Brown Burke, JP, and Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), said that the KSAC remains steadfast in its commitment to promote an environment of public order and civil obedience.

“We are in fact creating a modern city;  we are in fact looking at a Jamaica down the road that (is welcoming to) visitors, which our children and grandchildren can grow up in and feel comfortable and proud of the Jamaica that they are building,” she said.

The Mayor urged persons to participate in the restructuring process by joining in the discussion and voicing their concerns. She pointed out that the process involves making difficult decisions, and invited stakeholders to participate in the process.

“These are some hard choices that we have to make in governance, but we have to talk about them. If they were easy choices to make, it would have been done already. The reason they have not been done already is because they are difficult. We are ready to engage. It is time that we take that conversation and place it on the table, because we all have a responsibility,” she emphasised.