JIS News

President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), Beverly Lopez, has urged the government, the opposition, citizens and the security forces to tackle the issue of crime and violence with “renewed strength and determination in order to reclaim our country from the criminal elements”.
She also called upon the authorities to engage in the intelligent use of all resources available.
Mrs. Lopez was speaking at yesterday’s (Nov.16) National Crime Forum held under the theme: ‘Reclaim Jamaica – Reclaim our Country’. The forum, which was held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, was organized by the PSOJ and was designed to find solutions to crime and violence.
According to Mrs. Lopez, though “Kingfish has made some inroads, we must put our society on a permanent path to reclaim our country” as we are all in this together she pointed out and encouraged all Jamaicans to take responsibility for their actions.
Mrs. Lopez is of the view that the forum was an excellent occasion to provide the public with an “opportunity to address the key players charged with influencing or effecting policies, so that through dialogue and public opinion we encourage an atmosphere that insists on the restoration of law and order in Jamaica by all legitimate means”.
“Much more needs to be done. Our law makers must ensure that relevant legislation is passed and the police are provided with the necessary tools.the tools they need to prosecute crime in the courts, to enforce law in the streets and to eliminate the movement of guns and bullets as criminal networks seek to build arm networks in Jamaica,” she insisted. She called for all to realize that more had to be done where the social needs of the population was concerned.
The panelists included Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips; Opposition Spokesman on Security, Derrick Smith; Commissioner of Police Lucius Thomas and Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force.
Mr. Oliver Clarke moderated the programme while Deon Jackson-Miller, Jennifer Grant and Cliff Hughes represented the media.
Cable and Wireless Jamaica, GraceKennedy, Jamaica National Building Society, DIGICEL, Victoria Mutual Building Society, the Courtleigh Hotel and the Gleaner Company sponsored the event, which was broadcast to audiences both locally and abroad.