Let’s come to­gether in Ja’s in­ter­est

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Edi­tor,

The Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica (PSOJ) writes to sup­port the Ja­maica Ob­server ed­i­to­rial of De­cem­ber 4, 2018.

You clearly ex­pressed an ac­cu­rate anal­y­sis of the steps to be taken by our lead­er­ship in ad­dress­ing the is­sue of crime, so­cial vi­o­lence, in­dis­ci­pline, and ci­ti­zen se­cu­rity.

The PSOJ has, for all of this year, been ad­vo­cat­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to the above is­sues. Our re­quest for a sum­mit on crime and ci­ti­zen se­cu­rity has been de­flected by both po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and the promised Vale Royal talks re­main ap­par­ently in the realm of a con­cept.

We at the PSOJ do not wish to draft a crime plan — that is not our re­mit.

We at the PSOJ do not Wish to take over the reins of state man­age­ment of pub­lic or­der and crime. But we do want to be a part of the anti-crime fight on be­half of our stake­hold­ers in the sec­tor, and we do feel that the com­bined ef­forts of the society must be di­rected to­wards re­form­ing the be­hav­iours that lead to the vi­o­lent atroc­i­ties that are daily oc­cur­ring and to­wards re­duc­ing the cor­rup­tion that feeds the mon­sters of crime.

As you rightly as­sert, our chil­dren are pay­ing for our in­abil­ity to unite in deal­ing with these chal­lenges. As lead­ers we must do the right thing and come to­gether in Ja­maica’s in­ter­est to for­mu­late a com­pre­hen­sive, long-term strat­egy for ci­ti­zen se­cu­rity in or­der to es­tab­lish the foun­da­tion for na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Howard Mitchell

Pres­i­dent

Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica

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