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Zero tolerance! PM announces 'preventative detention' among crime fighting measures

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:57 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaks during a press conference at Jamaica House today. - Norman Grindley Photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the police will be stepping up preventative detention of people as a way to deal with the country’s rising crime problem.

In making the announcement at a press conference this afternoon, Holness said the government will be taking a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence, sexual grooming of minors and sexual abuse.

He said preventative detention would allow the police to arrest a person they have reason to believe might commit a crime.

The Cabinet met for two hours this afternoon to discuss the measures which were recommended by the National Security Council.