Jamaica enacts new security policy
By Dialogo February 22, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica is putting in place a new security policy in which the security forces will focus on containing 42 active gang conflicts, officials said.
In a joint news conference, National Security Minister Peter Bunting and Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said the new approach will allow security forces to battle crime more effectively, as gang violence drives the homicide rate higher in this Caribbean nation of 2.7 million.
Ellington said police have reported some 165 killings so far this year, compared to 135 slayings during the corresponding period in 2011.
Bunting said a major goal is to target gang kingpins and facilitators for organized criminal networks, not the people lower down the chain.
“We don’t always want to be chasing out the symptoms,” he said. “We want to get to the infection.”
[The Associated Press, 21/02/2012; Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Jamaica), 22/02/2012]