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PM confident Jamaica's crime problem can be controlled

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 1:04 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he is confident that the state can bring crime, especially murders, under control.

Addressing the nation in his New Year's broadcast, Holness announced that the security forces in western Jamaica, where a majority of the more than 1300 murders in 2016 took place, will be restructured to strengthen operations and administration.

He says a Jamaica Defence Force batallion is to be stationed in Montego Bay and the Jamaica Constabulary Force's western division will be split. He says infrastructural improvement will be undertaken to accommodate the changes.

The prime minister says international support in technical and strategic areas is also being sought from overseas partners. However, he says Jamaicans must recognise that no foreign country can solve the nation's crime problem or provide the solution.

Holness says the Government is prepared to use the full force of the law to address crime, as it is the biggest threat to the country's economic success.

He is urging all Jamaicans to share the responsibility for addressing the crime problem by sharing information wisely. He says information is the best weapon against crime.

Holness says the Government is very optimistic about achieving economic success in the New Year and urged Jamaicans to dream big and set ambitious goals.