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SHADOW MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY EXPRESSES CONCERN ON RECENT ATTACKS ON POLICE

SHADOW MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY EXPRESSES CONCERN ON RECENT ATTACKS ON POLICE

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, October 1, 2017:The People’s National Party’s (PNP) newly appointed Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson is expressingdeepconcern about recent attacks on the police, and in one case gunmenshot and injured a female policeofficer and her daughters in Portmore, St. Catherine.

According to the Shadow Minister,the numbers and severity of attacks, along with intelligence, have impelled the High Command to raise the threat level against the police personnel to “severely high,” indicating that the state is under attack and that marauding gunmen have become more brazen and fearless in recent times.

“If the police are under attack, then no one is safe. There remains an urgent need for a crime plan that considers not just special zones of operations, but all aspects of national life, especially all violence-torn communities with short and long-term targets to bring the crime wave under control,” Mr. Jackson said.

The Shadow Minister of National Security said all stakeholders must come together to design and agree on a strategy to resolve crime and violence once and for all. Mr. Jackson is reiterating the PNP’s willingness to participate in a national dialogue with the government and other stakeholders to agree on a way forward.

At the same time, Mr. Jackson is encouraging the police not to be discouraged by the attacks and other set-backs, but to take everyeffort to protect themselves and remain vigilant atthe frontline ofthe nation’sdefence.