OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on National Security Derrick Smith is describing most aspects of the recently launched Unite For Change crime initiative as 'old news'.
"Not a lot in it was new," he said, "but the proposed crime app, though not yet fully where persons can more directly assist the police in solving crimes, that aspect of it I think is positive. That aspect is new and that is one that I hope I will get a little better understanding from," he said.
Smith added: "But otherwise, whatever else was said there, to me, was not new." Smith was speaking at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) press conference on Tuesday.
Opposition Spokesperson on Gender Affairs, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, also noted the involvement of various recording artistes in creating public-service announcements was also not original. She said such an initiative was introduced by the JLP, specifically focusing on violence against women.
"But what I notice is that there are more artistes being involved, more messages being carried, and there is in fact some funding being provided for those messages," she said. Grange said the broader message could be very effective.
"But I think that overall, there is nothing that new or earth-shattering in terms of what this present administration is doing about violence and particularly violence against women and children," she said.
Among the elements of Unite For Change are: better equipping the police's mobility and forensics; a third instalment of the Community Safety and Justice Programme, to focus on improved social cohesion and community governance, particularly a focus on community-level justice and dispute resolution; and passage of key legislation.