July 30, 2019

The opposition People’s National Party, hosted what it calls a national crime and violence summit at the Jamaica Conference Center in an effort to develop solutions to combat the nation’s high crime rate.

The summit saw the participation of over 38 registered institutions.

Speaking at the summit opposition leader Dr.Peter Phillip says a comprehensive social intervention is needed to tackle crime in the country.

Dr. Phillips further explains that new legislation and an extensive security approach are needed to address the scourge of crime and violence. 

Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo-Forte, representing the government says her attendance is testament to the fact that the Andrew Holness led administration is committed to the fight against crime. 

In the meantime, president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), Howard Mitchell is calling for crime fighting strategies to be free of political interference.   

Seven hundred and sixty six (760) persons have been killed since the start of 2019, resulting in a 1.1% increase over the same period last year.

Robian Williams