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JPs urged to be proactive in crime fight

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Delroy Chuck

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has challenged justices of the peace (JPs), to be proactive in the fight against child abuse, human trafficking, and other such acts, by being more active in communities

He said many communities are in need of persons of noble ilk who can steer young people away from lotto scamming and other illegal activities.

"We the justices of the peace must be the army that is going to make Jamaica a safe place. I am going to lead this fight, and I want you to join me," the minister said.

He was speaking at a workshop with JPs held at Kingston Bookshop, July 12.

Chuck said closer collaboration among JPs, police, teachers, and civic leaders in troubled communities, could bring about stability.

"You are the persons of integrity, and you must be the social conscience of communities across Jamaica," he said.

The forum was held to update the JPs on training opportunities being provided by the ministry, and also on services that they are called upon to undertake.

He urged the justices of the peace to be acquainted with matters of restorative justice, as this is being used to transform communities and improve the interpersonal relationships among individuals.