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New security plans for Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2008 | 9:16 PM

The Bruce Golding led administration has announced a multi-faceted approach to stem the serious crime and murder rate in the country.



1, 574 Jamaicans were murdered last year.



Among the measures announced by the Prime Minister Bruce Golding at a post cabinet retreat press briefing is the introduction of a national identification system which will take effect during the new fiscal year.



Mr. Golding said the national identification system will require every Jamaican resident in the country to be registered and assigned a unique number to him or her from their date of birth.



Mr. Golding told journalists that this would be done to better ensure the security of the country.



Acknowledging that hard core policing alone would not solve the country’s crime problem, Mr. Golding said his administration would be placing more emphasis on social intervention.



The Police Commissioner will also be granted greater authority, but at the same time he will be held more accountable for the exercise of his power.



The Prime Minister did not give details about the conferral of increased powers on the Commissioner, but noted that legislative changes were being prepared to support that objective.