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The Government is putting measures in place to address the high crime rate, including appropriate legislation to punish offenders and protect the innocent.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, speaking at the annual fundraising banquet of the Florida chapter of the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association (JESA) held recently in Dania, noted that several pieces of legislation are being discussed at the Joint Select Committee level of Parliament, which indicate the will and intention of the Government to reign in crime.
These include amendments to Acts that deal with bail, offences against the person, parole, firearm, power of arrest and detention, as well as enacting laws to allow for evidence to be given by video link.
DPP Llewellyn urged nationals to assist in charting a new course for peace and prosperity by doing their duty as witnesses and to stand up against criminal acts. “You must have the will to say enough is enough,” she said. “Government needs strong citizens to stand up and say no,” she added.
In the meantime, she commended the members of JESA for their charitable work in Jamaica and in South Florida.
The 30-member association of former officers of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) continues to support the Curphy Home in Mandeville where war veterans reside; homeless and mentally challenged persons at the Open Arms Drop In Centre at the Bellevue Hospital; as well as several community assistance programmes in South Florida.
In her remarks, Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, also praised the JESA, stating that the work of the organization is an indication that altruism is alive and well.
“Their level of commitment indicates that the difficult times being faced is not a deterrent factor in support of their charitable endeavours. The team continues to show patriotism and be of active service after their formal discharge from the JDF,” she said.
At the function, several awards were presented to community stalwarts for their outreach and development initiatives in South Florida.