Let's come together in Ja's interest

Friday, December 07, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) writes to support the Jamaica Observer editorial of December 4, 2018.

You clearly expressed an accurate analysis of the steps to be taken by our leadership in addressing the issue of crime, social violence, indiscipline, and citizen security.

The PSOJ has, for all of this year, been advocating a holistic approach to the above issues. Our request for a summit on crime and citizen security has been deflected by both political parties, and the promised Vale Royal talks remain apparently in the realm of a concept.

We at the PSOJ do not wish to draft a crime plan — that is not our remit.

We at the PSOJ do not wish to take over the reins of state management of public order and crime. But we do want to be a part of the anti-crime fight on behalf of our stakeholders in the sector, and we do feel that the combined efforts of the society must be directed towards reforming the behaviours that lead to the violent atrocities that are daily occurring and towards reducing the corruption that feeds the monsters of crime.

As you rightly assert, our children are paying for our inability to unite in dealing with these challenges. As leaders we must do the right thing and come together in Jamaica's interest to formulate a comprehensive, long-term strategy for citizen security in order to establish the foundation for national development.

Howard Mitchell


Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

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