Only a day after news emerged that Crime Stop Jamaica had copped four of the top media awards at the recently concluded 34th Annual Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Conference, held in Bridgetown, Barbados, the Ministry of National Security has indicated that it has moved to ease tension between the organisation and the Police High Command.
Gillian Haughton, the ministry's director of communications, told The Gleaner yesterday that a letter had been dispatched to both parties.
Haughton said permanent secretary in the ministry, Major General Stewart Saunders, has asked Crime Stop head Peter John Thwaites and the Police High Command to propose a meeting date that would be acceptable to both parties.
EFFORTS BEING STYMIED
While commending the ministry for its support over the years, Thwaites had complained that structural changes in the chain of command that stipulated that Crime Stop release tips it receives through the National Investigative Bureau was styming the body's efforts.
The organisation received awards for Best Television Advertisement, Best Radio Advertisement, and Best Press Advertisement for communities of one to three million persons.
These advertisements were part of a media-awareness campaign that was launched in December 2012 titled 'Red', which asked the question, "Does crime make you see red?" and which encouraged persons to use the newly launched website, www.crimestopjamaica.com.
The fourth award was given to Crime Stop Jamaica for Best Website.