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Opposition wants stakeholder meeting on Western Jamaica crime

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 9:41 PM
Bunting says stakeholders should discuss the issues contributing to the current violence and develop short-, medium-, and long-term responses.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, is calling on the Prime Minister to immediately convene a meeting of the security forces, private sector, and civil society to craft an emergency response to address the upsurge of crime in St James and other sections of Western Jamaica.

Bunting says stakeholders should discuss the issues contributing to the current violence and develop short-, medium-, and long-term responses.

He says adequate funding must be provided to the security forces to enable them to effectively patrol all affected areas. 

Bunting notes that although St James is responsible for 20 per cent of all murders in Jamaica, the parish gets less than five per cent of police resources.

He says the Opposition People’s National Party is willing to join other stakeholders, to determine an appropriate set of actions to address the crime in Western Jamaica.