McNeill demands crime plan
Concerned that serious crime is seeking to entrench itself in sections of western Jamaica, a long-standing lawmaker is calling for the Government to act quickly before things get worse.
Dr Wykeham McNeill, the member of parliament for Western Westmoreland, said the economic and social life of people in western Jamaica has been severely impacted by the surge of criminal activities.
"I hear the prime minister talk about the impact on the budget. I am saying that it is not the cost of what we have to do, it is the cost of not doing it," the MP said.
As at June 10, murders in Westmoreland (61) were up 30 per cent. In neighbouring Hanover, more than 30 persons have been killed, twice the number murdered last week.
McNeill is calling for urgent action to stem the bloodletting in the western region of the island.
He said that in addition to putting more boots on the ground and increasing patrols in the communities, the government must spend more on social programmes.
"What I really want to see is a clear plan, a plan that will indicate how we will tackle crime in areas like these which are not traditionally murder capitals," McNeill said.