Gov't raps Opposition for being against SOE as long-term crime measure
The Government says it has taken note of the Opposition's position of not supporting the extension of the St James state of public emergency beyond the current request to be brought to Parliament. The resolution for the extension of the measure will be debated in the House of Repesentatives today.
In a press release yesterday, Government said it "views the declaration by the Opposition as an indication to criminals that there is no consensus on the fight against crime and that the state of emergency (SOE) will end shortly".
"The declaration signals that the lack of political unity will bring the SOE to an end rather than a consideration of outcomes and results. The SOEs have been yielding significant results in reducing crime," the Government stated.
It argued that the SOE had "created space in which law enforcement is actively degrading criminal gangs and disrupting criminal networks".
The Government said that the fight against crime required a concerted and unified national effort. It indicated that to build this unity, the Government had taken various steps to inform, consult and involve the Opposition in critical initiatives for crime fighting.
The Government's latest statement came against the background of Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson stating that the Opposition would today support the request for an extension of the state of public emergency in St James, but would not support any subsequent dragging out of the measure. The Opposition has insisted that the Government produce a comprehensive crime plan rather than rely on special measures like the state of public emergency.