PM wants more anti-crime laws
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has asserted that Jamaica needs tougher anti-crime laws saying the current threat to safety is beyond the powers and resources assigned to regular law enforcement.
In a release Friday afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister said Jamaica is now beyond a public order issue or street level crime.
It said while the government is committed to the long-term crime fight, the current systems are inadequate.
"An entirely new legislative framework to give the security forces and the justice system a clear pathway to effectively deal with the threat must be crafted," said a Jamaica House spokesperson in a release.
The statement was making reference to what Jamaica House calls a threat to the very foundation of the Jamaican State and the peace and security of citizens.
It said the threat is posed by the procurement and financing of warlike weapons; the recruiting of personnel for criminal gangs, and the use of violence for economic gain and social control.
In the meantime, Jamaica House said the government has used to great effect, the powers under the State of Public Emergency resulting in a reduction in murders, the apprehension of wanted men and the recovery of weapons.
The latest gun find was made in St James on Friday, where four M16 rifles, ammunition and bullet proof vests were discovered.
"However, the disease still remains. There are criminal minds patiently waiting for the operations conducted within the State of Public Emergency to end, to continue their mayhem. Let it be known that the government is committed to the long-term fight, within and without a declared State of Emergency. We are impatiently waiting for them," said the Jamaica House spokesperson.
According to Jamaica House, the proliferation of illegal small arms and light weaponry, compounded by criminal enterprises organised around the use of violence for economic gain and social control is a national emergency.