July 16, 2019

HOLNESS TARGETS OVER 50% REDUCTION IN MURDERS IN 5-7 YEARS

Prime Minister Andrew Holness  is suggesting that the crime rate can be reduced by as much as fifty percent over the next  five to seven years, with the selective implementation of States of Emergencies.

Speaking in Parliament on the motion to extend the SOE in the South St.Andrew Police Division, the Prime Minister said the percentage of murders could be reduced to 16 per one hundred thousand if states of public emergencies are allowed to be used in strategic and selective  ways.

However, Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, is against the sustained use of States of Emergencies as a crime fighting tool.

“If the State of Emergencies as our constitution designed it, is the final weapon in your arsenal and it stops having any ability to create shock and awe, then in the end you have just normalized the state of emergency, which cannot be any good for anyone”. Dr. Phillips said.

The motion to extend the SOE until  October 05, 2019,  was passed with two members voting against.

Joel Crosskill