Fix crime and vi­o­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer jodi-ann.gilpin@glean­erjm.com

CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE Of­fi­cer of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica (PSOJ) Den­nis Chung is giv­ing the thumbs up to the An­drew Hol­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion’s tar­get of achiev­ing five per cent gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) growth in four years, but he doesn’t see this hap­pen­ing in the cur­rent crime-charged en­vi­ron­ment of the coun­try.

Chung stressed the sig­nif­i­cance of ur­gently ad­dress­ing is­sues of crime in or­der for there to be de­vel­op­ment.

He shared that in do­ing their part as the pri­vate sec­tor, they are cur­rently work­ing with the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) to as­sist with pro­vid­ing closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras to curb the in­creas­ing crime rate that has been plagu­ing the coun­try, specif­i­cally west­ern Ja­maica.

“You don’t ask per­sons to go out there and fight crime and re­duce mor­tal­ity and you don’t pro­vide the re­sources. So we talk about po­lice killings are too high, but it is just the other day we gave them non-lethal weapons to use. Be­fore that, all they had were lethal weapons,” he said as he ad­dressed the Lions Club of Kingston’s Lun­cheon Wed­nes­day.

“One of the things we are talk­ing about is how we at the PSOJ can as­sist with pro­vid­ing the force with some CCTV cam­eras. The guys in Mon­tego Bay, for ex­am­ple, we are go­ing to see how we can ex­pand that with them and see how we can pro­vide some as­sis­tance,” he con­tin­ued.

TRANSFORMING SO­CI­ETY

Chung also re­it­er­ated the need to deal with so­cial is­sues as the first or­der of busi­ness in a bid to en­hance eco­nomic growth.

“We have to trans­form the so­ci­ety. We can’t de­velop a coun­try from an eco­nomic and so­cial point of view based on the en­vi­ron­ment where we are. Crime and theft, in ad­di­tion to bu­reau­cracy, have been the top two is­sues for a very long time in the global com­pet­i­tive­ness report,” he said.

“One of the things we have to deal with go­ing for­ward also is so­cial ex­clu­sion. We can’t have, when one gov­ern­ment is in power, only 50 per cent of the peo­ple in the coun­try (are ap­pointed), and when the other gov­ern­ment is in power, the other 50 per cent, which is what Po­lice­men ex­am­ine a crime scene along Span­ish Town Road, Kingston, on June 11.

our poli­cies have been about in the past,” he said.

Chung added, “If you think of how gov­ern­ment boards are ap­pointed, for ex­am­ple, ef­fec­tively,

what we are do­ing all the time is work­ing with 50 per cent of our ca­pac­ity.”

REID

CHUNG

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