Prime Minister Portia Simpson is pledging that the Government will redouble its efforts in the fight against crime and violence in 2014.
In her New Year's message, she said the government hopes to pass what has been dubbed the anti-gang legislation in the first quarter of this calendar year.
She also said important DNA legislation will be passed before the first quarter ends.
But Simpson Miller says citizens must play their part in the fight against criminals as the government cannot do it alone.
"Let us together set our face against this scourge on our land. Let us resolve to remove it," Simpson Miller said.
Meanwhile, in his new year's message, Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness said crime must be treated as an epidemic and placed on the priority list of the government.
He charges that there is a failure of leadership, a marked absence of meaningful strategic approaches and no demonstrable will to mobilize adequate resources for Jamaica’s national security.
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