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Manufacturers demand creative, serious crime fighting strategies from Commissioner

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 7:36 AM
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams (right) has said he will use a press conference, scheduled for 1 o’clock this afternoon, to tell Jamaicans how they can play a more active role in fighting crime.

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) is challenging Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to outline new and creative strategies to fight serious crime when he hosts a press conference today.

Along with discussing strategies, Dr Williams has said he will use the event scheduled for 1 o’clock this afternoon to tell Jamaicans how they can play a more active role in fighting crime.

The press conference comes against the background of new data indicating that Jamaica has recorded an 18 per cent increase in murders for the first six months of 2015, when compared to the similar period last year. 

Commissioner Williams has said strategies implemented to combat serious crimes will not necessarily yield immediate results.

However, president of the JMA, Metry Seaga, says now is the time for the police to put forward new and creative ways to more aggressively fight crime.

 

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association, Metry Seaga

Meanwhile, he says the business community is willing to assist the police in any way it can.

 

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association, Metry Seaga

Five-hundred-and-seventy-two murders were recorded between January 1 and June 30 this year.

This is 86 more than the 486 killings recorded for the similar period last year.