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'Be the conscience of civil society'

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Chuck

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has underscored the need for multi-stakeholder partnerships to curb crime and violence, as the problem could pose challenges for the Government's attainment of economic growth and job creation.

Central to this, the minister said, are justices of the peace (JPs), who can play a proactive role in helping to reduce crime.

The minister was speaking at the installation ceremony for 14 newly appointed JPs for St Thomas, at the Whispering Bamboo Cove at Retreat last Thursday.

Pulling together

Expressing concern over the extent to which crime and violence is affecting the society, Chuck encouraged the JPs to support the ministry's "social crusade" aimed at reducing criminal activities.

"I also urge all of you to join in partnerships with the police, ministers' fraternal, teachers, and other decent citizens who are willing to lift the quality of life in your communities. If you are all prepared to pull together to remove whatever is wrong in our communities, it can be removed," the minister said.

Chuck further encouraged JPs to be the "conscience" of civil society, who are prepared to demand change.