Jamaican government won’t back down from criminals, says PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will not yield in its fight against criminal activity in Jamaica.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

“Let me make it absolutely clear – this Prime Minister and the Government will not relent against the criminals.

“So, if there is any expectation that if the States of Public Emergency (SOE) are not renewed, that it will be a field day for criminals, they have another thing coming. We will put up all our efforts, SOE or no SOE, to get those criminals,” he declared.

“This Prime Minister and the Government will not relent against the criminals.”

— Holness

The Prime Minister was addressing a National Housing Trust (NHT) ceremony for the handover of housing units in Westmoreland on Wednesday, December 4.

Crime-fighting strategy

He said that the crime-fighting strategy includes increasing the integration of technology and the use of forensics to gather evidence in order to bring criminals before the courts; deploying additional resources; and increasing the presence of the security forces in towns and communities.

He pointed out that an additional 400 members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were recently deployed.

“That resulted in the quieting down of certain areas that have already started to flare up, notably South St Andrew, East Kingston, areas along Mountain View [and] areas in St James,” he said.

Holness assured that the security forces will act within the bounds of the law when carrying out their duties, noting that the rights of individuals will be respected.