In what the Prime Minister is characterizing as a move that will disrupt the lives of many, Andrew Holness outlined a raft of measures to combat crime at a pressential con french a shot whike ago. He said the Government will be using existing laws to address sexual violence, including sexual grooming and rape.
He said the effect of the measures will be immediate. In one instance he said the Police upon arriving at a scene will detain any person that they deemed necessary to do so to. He further stated that the Police must take a zero tolerance approach to persons videoing sexual acts against children. He said that the threshold for prosecution will be lowered to zero to allow the police more room to maneuver.
He said that crimes committed by operators within the public transportation sector,including Taxis, must removed tinting by the 13th of this month. Thats Monday coming. Robot taxes will not get away either,as the police will be going after them in a more forceful way.
He further stated he is not ok with the way Police are handling reports of domestic abuse, but express confidence that things will improve.
The domestic abuse act will be revised, he said that is in keeping with trying to have a cultural shift in the way how crime is handled in this country.
Holness said the Government is going to intensify talks with International partners as it concerns the deportation of Jamaicans. He said the GOJ will seek to know all the details of the offences that the persons are said to have committed.
In defending his government performance, he said that the Government have invested alot in the Police.
He cautioned the public about how it consumes information on Social Media sites. He encourage persons instead to view such reports with Skepticism, and double check to make certain the information is correct. He said between forty and fifty per cent of all post shared on Social Media is fake.
The Security Minister Robert Montague said the Government has so far trained over 400 Domestic violence Tsars in police station across the Island. He said 37% of all the crimes committed in Jamaica is Domestic Violence related. He appealed to persons who hear or see Domestic related Violence to intervene.
He said the practice of disturbing the calm by spreading false news such as voice notes all over Social Media sites, will we dealt with more harshly. He said such a practice is creating panic and tying up police resources.
He said that the National Security doctrine must change, as security it is not a matter for the Police alone, but everybody’s business.
Meanwhile Acting Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant is warning of serious punishment for persons who continue to create, possess and distribute videos of rapes and other abuse of women and girls in Jamaica. She said if persons have these videos they should send it to the CISOCA.
She further went on to state that there will be an expansion of an existing team within the Police Force that is dealing with sexual base violence.
The Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte is promising that the Holness administration will be acting lawfully no matter what the measures announced by the Government.