Monique Grange, Gleaner Writer
National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the government is in the process of developing a new National Security Policy to tackle Jamaica's rising crime rate.
Speaking to journalists at Jamaica House press conference this morning Bunting said the latest police statistics show that 165 persons have been killed in the first seven weeks of this year, 30 more than for the corresponding period last year.
He says over the same period there were 152 shootings, an increase of 10 over the corresponding period in 2011.
Bunting noted that the previous People’s National Party administration had developed a national security policy in 2007, which was never implemented by the Jamaica Labour Party government when it took over.
But Bunting says the current crime situation in the country has rendered the 2007 policy useless, and therefore there is need for a new policy.
Bunting says the new policy will focus primarily on going after the proceeds of crime and the masterminds behind criminal activities.
He says the Proceeds of Crime Act will also be amended to enable law enforcement officials go after the facilitators of crime such as lawyers, real estate agents, bankers and corrupt officials.
He says an elite multi-agency task force will be created to focus on the facilitators of crime and corrupt individuals.
Bunting says the government is now viewing the anti-gang legislation to ensure that it has all the components to be a success once passed.