Phillips mauls Gov't over crime strategy
The Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips last night ripped into the Government for its response to crime saying that it has failed to outline a national strategy.
More than 1,000 people have been killed since the start of the year, with the month of August being among the bloodiest.
Speaking in his East Central St Andrew constituency last night, Phillips said the Government has ignored its request to engage in discussions on crime.
According to the Dr Phillips, the opposition continues to question the overall national crime plan despite the declaration of the first Zone of Special Operation in Mount Salem, St James.
He is insisting that if the Government is to make a dent on crime, it must move immediately to pump more money into the National Security Ministry.
Phillips says the Government should seek to improve morale in the police force by quickly concluding negotiations with rank and file cops.
The Jamaica Police Federation has rejected the six per cent wage offer the government has proposed for the contract year 2017-2019.
Phillips is urging the Government to call the by-elections now due in three constituencies.
By-elections are due for St Andrew South West, St Andrew South and St Mary South East.