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JLP a failure at curbing crime

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In previous Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) governments, there was an attitude of pomposity and arrogance that they curbed crime. Unfortunately, the JLP cannot have the last laugh this time.

Crime today, especially in western Jamaica, has catapulted to the highest level ever, and if we continue to experience this in the next few months, we are destined to a Mexican-style anarchy.

The prime minister appears to have no answer, as have the minister of national security and Police High Command. What is disturbing is that there is failure to acknowledge that the monster of crime is not only as a result of lotto scamming and gang rivalry but police corruption and white-collar crime. Many policemen have an hand in crime, indirectly and directly.

The JLP Government will have to take drastic actions to dismantle organised crime. Now is Andrew Holiness' time to prove himself. Even if our GDP flies upward overnight , the enemy of crime has to be defeated now - and I mean now.

The Jamaican people deserve to live without looking over their backs. They deserve better than to wake up each morning seeing the traditional media saturated with stories of death , mayhem and bloodletting.

The Holness administration has been a miserable failure. Prime Minister Holness, act now for God's sake!

MAURICE CHRISTIE

Aboukir, St Ann