Montague announces five pillar strategy to fight crime


May 04, 2016
National Security Minister Robert Montague: It is inescapable that the yeoman efforts of the (police) force, with limited resources, has finally begun to bear fruits.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague announced five key pillars to be used by the ministry to tackle the serious issues of crime and violence plaguing the nation.

Speaking at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Passing Out Parade last Friday, Minister Montague said: "As part of the approach to tackling lawless elements, the ministry is committed to a strategy of preventing crime based on social development, situational prevention, effective policing, swift and sure justice processes and reducing reoffending".

With specific attention to the pillar of swift and sure justice processes, the minister emphasised that criminals should not feel secure about committing crime without facing punishment.

In light of this, he stated: "I have asked State Minister Senator Charles to consult with a number of agencies, including the attorney general's office, to determine if there are any legal impediments for the resumption of hanging in Jamaica".

Minister Montague reiterated that effective systems will be put in place, with these pillars as the foundation, to bring more criminals to justice and to deliver punishment that is sure, swift and just.

He also highlighted that plans are afoot to advance the fifth pillar of reducing reoffending through enhanced rehabilitation programmes within Jamaica's penal institutions.

"Improved rehabilitation will enable inmates returning from incarceration to be better able to reintegrate into their communities and become first-class citizens making a valuable contribution to the development of themselves and their families," he said.

The minister reassured Jamaicans that the ministry continues to be committed to mobilising all the resources at its disposal to wage a relentless war against criminal elements.

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