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Opposition wants special task forces to investigate crime

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:21 PMJerome Reynolds
Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips. - File Photo

The Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has called for the Government to establish special major task forces dedicated to probing cases in high crime areas.

Phillips says the task forces should be staffed with the most sophisticated personnel in the police force.

He further says the units should be given legal support to help investigators preparing their cases so as to ensure that cases result in successful convictions.

Phillips argues that the lack of convictions is a major problem driving crime across the country, which he says is at a crisis level.

 

Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips

He was speaking this morning at a press conference where he outlined suggestions from the opposition to the government on addressing crime as well as the country’s economic challenges.

In addition to the task forces, Phillips called for the government to increase the human and physical resources of the police force and to urgently conclude wage negotiations with rank and file members of the constabulary force.

He argued that the protracted negotiations have affected the morale of cops, which in turn is bad for fighting crime.

Among other things, the opposition also called for more social intervention programme in violence-prone communities, justice reform, reducing misspending, and tackling corruption.