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State of emergency not a panacea, says Montague

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Security Robert Montague in his address to the House of Parliament this afternoon in light of the state of emergency that was declared in St James said that it is neither a panacea nor a cure all to our problems.

He told the house that it “took us decades to get here and it will not be addressed overnight.” In addition to the efforts of the security forces, he said it will require significant inputs from all facets of our society to sustainably address the problem.

He further added that there is a significant level of consensus that sustainable crime reduction will require fundamental changes along with significant investments in our social and educational systems.

“As a Government, we are committed to providing these inputs over time.”

The minister used the opportunity to explain that of the 197 people taken into custody so far, 10 are on the country's most wanted list and 83 are connected to gangs.

He explained that there are currently 178 individuals still in custody, and some of them are the subject of further investigations.

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