Senior cop wants 15-year minimum sentence for gun crimes
Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake says the law should be amended to establish a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment for gun offences.
DCP Blake says stiffer penalties are needed to stem the appetite for guns in Jamaica.
He bemoans that the country is overrun with illegal firearms that end up in the hands of young men who are more than willing to shoot and kill.
The senior cop says Jamaica continues to be plagued by an inflow of illegal guns from Haiti.
DCP Blake argues that a strong deterrent has to be put in place to curb the use of illegal guns in Jamaica.
He was speaking yesterday at a security forum put on by private security company Guardsman Group Limited.
Meanwhile, DCP Blake called for steps to be taken to regularise the country’s informal communalities arguing that many of these areas are hard to police.
He says some communities lack roads, street signs and other infrastructure which pose a challenge for law enforcement activities.