Politicians on both sides of the aisle and members of Jamaica’s private sector yesterday sat down to brainstorm solutions to the island’s crime problem, which has resulted in close to 800 homicides and since the start of the year.
“Despite the declaration of … [five] states of emergencies … [and] two zones of special operations in just over two years, there is still no sign of any significant or sustained reduction in the levels of violent crimes,” Dr Peter Phillips, leader of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), said as he addressed yesterday’s special National Crime and Violence Prevention Summit. The session was hosted by the parliamentary Opposition and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. (PSOJ).
“For every decade since Independence, we have had a basic doubling of the rates of murders as measured by murders per 100,000 over the entire period,” Phillips added, noting that Jamaica’s homicide rate is akin to countries with civil unrest.