New St James custos calls for unity to fight crime
Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the new custos of St James, said the state of emergency that is now in place in the parish is not sufficient to solve the social ills there.
"I support the state of public emergency ... but it is not a panacea or a means to an end. A social programme is needed involving all parish stakeholders. If we unite and work together, we will tame and destroy the monster of crime," he said.
Pitkin, senior pastor of Faith Temple Assembly of God, Montego Bay, St James, was sworn in as custos of St James yesterday.
The swearing-in was done by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a ceremony held at King's House.
"I am aware that you are not entering unchartered territory because your efforts over the years to reach out to the grass-roots communities, motivate and inspire young people, especially the unattached, has earned you the experience necessary to take on the reins of custos of this parish," the governor-general said.
Bishop Pitkin replaces Ewen Corrodus, who demits office tomorrow after eight and a half years in the position. He has called for a comprehensive social programme involving all stakeholders to help tame and destroy the crime monster plaguing the parish.