Montague promises to collar crime
National Security Minister Robert Montague yesterday said that Jamaicans should rally and take back the country from criminals.
"I will lead the charge," Montague said as he pledged to create a safer Jamaica.
The national security minister, while contributing to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that crime is a threat to the Government's prosperity agenda.
"We are not afraid of the criminal kingpins in this country, we will not shirk in this war against those who wish to challenge the authority of the state and bring untold terror to our people," Montague said.
His comments came against the background of a spate of shooting in western Jamaica which left 20 persons shot and nine killed in two days.
Some 11,097 shootings have been reported between January 1, 2008 and June 4, 2016.
"We know the fear of our people but we cannot continue this way," Montague said.
He told parliamentarians that there is no silver bullet that can be used in the fight against crime and argued that the nation's law abiding citizens must seek to work hand-in-hand to defeat crime.
"Touch choices, sacrifices, patience and understanding and an investment of faith and resources will be needed," Montague said.