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#ThroneSpeech: Eyes on crime

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 2:24 PM
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen stands at attention ahead of his inspection of the Guard of Honour.

The Andrew Holness administration has singled out the reduction of crime as its most urgent priority this year, with the murder toll continuing to rise sharply since the start of 2017 when compared with the similar period last year.

In presenting the Throne Speech in Gordon House earlier today, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen acknowledged that the administration's thrust to achieve economic growth and job creation can only be realised if crime is drastically reduced.

"The security of our country must be comprehensively and strategically addressed," Sir Patrick told members of the legislature during today's ceremony to mark the beginning of the new parliamentary year.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced some measures to assist the security forces in the fight against crime, particularly domestic murders and incidents of sexual abuse against the nation's children.

The Government has committed to modernise and transform the police force into an intelligence-led police service, this year. It also plans to procure technical expertise in cyber defence. This will result in increased citizen security with greater accountability and management of the force.

Sir Patrick also emphasised that the administration will be fulfilling its five-pillar security strategy.

As part of this initiative the Government is seeking to promote effective policing to restore trust in the police force. It is also taking steps to reduce illiteracy and to equip people with tools to resolve conflicts.

Further, the security strategy is aimed at the process of rehabilitating inmates in correctional facilities in ways that enhance national security, among other interventions to secure a fair justice system.