Gov't will redouble crime-fighting efforts after SOE ends, says PM

Monday, December 17, 2018

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THE Government is pledging that it will not sit by and allow the gains made by the states of public emergency (SOE) to be eroded when the anti-crime measure is lifted next month.

In fact, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring the country that the State will double its efforts to keep crime in check.

“I will give the assurance to the people of Jamaica that even though we have been deprived of an important tool, we will work as hard as possible and redouble our efforts,” Holness told the Jamaica Observer on Saturday.

“I will be meeting with the commissioner of police and the chief of defence staff to see how much resources we can put into national security, but people should bear in mind that it means that something else would have to be sacrificed,” he said.

Holness made the comment as the Government stepped up its response to the Opposition's vote in Parliament last Tuesday against a further extension of the SOE.

The Government needed a two-thirds majority to have the extension approved, but the Opposition, which had signalled a few weeks ago that it had concerns about the rights of detainees, voted against the measure being extended for another three months.

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