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Government Focused on Addressing Crime and Building Trust Between Citizens and Security Forces

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has an unremitting resolve to address crime and build a bond of trust between citizens and the security forces through professional conduct and mutual respect.

To this end, The National Security Council (NSC) will be spearheading an integrated and comprehensive set of measures and actions, which will significantly and sustainably reduce crime in the country. “The areas to be carefully examined will include deployment, mobility, investigative capacities, procedures and legislation as we move to secure Jamaica,” said the Prime Minister.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of Major General Rocky Meade as the new Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force held at King’s House on December 1, Prime Minister Holness noted that the increased business and consumer confidence the country is now experiencing, which encourages both local and foreign investment in our country, must be bolstered by improving and safeguarding the security of citizens.

Meanwhile in congratulating Major General Meade, Prime Minister Holness stated that he has the experience, education and training to continue building on the solid foundation and development trajectory that has been set by his predecessors. “I have confidence that the legacy of the JDF and its value and relevance to Jamaica will continue, as new demands and new circumstances arise. The JDF is an organization known for its discipline, commitment and values. It plays a critical strategic role in the nation’s development, security and safety,” he added.

The Prime Minister also thanked Major General Anthony Anderson, the previous Chief of Defence Staff, for his years of service. “I look forward to his invaluable experience as he embraces the critical role of National Security Advisor,” said Prime Minister Holness. “I am certain that our Nation will benefit from his continued involvement and from his significant experience and expertise,” concluded the Prime Minister.

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