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Focus on DNA Act instead of preventative detention policy – Opposition to Gov't

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 5:17 PM

The Opposition People’s National Party is urging the Government to concentrate on completing the long overdue regulations, which will make the DNA Act (2015) effective, rather than pursue its policy of preventative detention.

The use of preventative detention by the police is among the measures announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday to help tackle the country’s crime problem.

The measure allows the police to detain people who are suspected to be about to commit an offence.

However, Opposition spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting says rather than preventative detention, the Government should look to DNA.

He says the DNA Act is a powerful tool for investigating sexual crimes, securing convictions, and removing offenders from the streets.

Meanwhile, Bunting says he’s disappointed the Government has failed to outline a gang-disruption strategy.

He says there’s also no indication of the promised unprecedented budgetary support so badly needed by the security forces.

According to Bunting, a preliminary review of the Estimates of Expenditure for 2017/18 shows a reduction in both recurrent and capital expenditure for the Ministry of National Security.