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'Do not be afraid of them'... Bunting sends cops to the Bible

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

National Security Minister Peter Bunting has told the police to seek refuge in the biblical book of Nehemiah as they set about seeking to make Jamaica a safer place.

"Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses," Bunting quoted from Nehemiah 4:14 as he addressed the commissioner's annual general devotions at Old Hope Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Bunting's comment come against the backdrop of a 20 per cent increase in murders last year. He told the police that in the days of Nehemiah, despite having faced strong opposition in the form of criticism, ridicule, conspiracies and the threat of all-out war, the people remained true to their mission and accomplished the seemingly impossible.

"I encourage us all to remain true to our mission, as together we rebuild the broken walls of our country," Bunting said.

Police statistics released a week ago show that murders for 2015 were running 20 per cent above last year's numbers. Bunting said that the increase was "unwelcome" after the hard-fought gains of 2014.

He said, however, that "we will not be deterred nor daunted by this setback, we are in this fight to win".

"The nation cannot allow a minority of heartless and selfish individuals to rob our citizens and our children of the right to live and grow up in a safe and peaceful Jamaica," Bunting said.

partnering for safety

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams encouraged Jamaicans to continue partnering with the JCF to provide a safer environment.

"Crime fighting and restoring peace in our community, in our society, is not just the job for the police, it is for all of us, and I am extending my arm to partner with each and everyone who is willing to see peace restored in Jamaica. We have come this far by faith and we are going to go much further by faith, doggedness, and hard work," he said.

While admitting that aspects of the past year were "very difficult for the JCF," the commissioner said that several initiatives that started in 2015 should manifest in a reduction in murders and other crimes.