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No real reason ZOSO can't work here

Friday, September 15, 2017

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D ear Editor,


I'm very optimistic that the zones of special operations (ZOSO) campaign will make Jamaica safe again if we come together and support it.

I've seen where similar initiatives like ZOSO worked in Columbia. They had a crime-fighting programme called “Plan Columbia”. Mexico has “The Mérida Initiative”, and Honduras has “Vida Mejor”, all plans so far have seen successful. The Vida Mejor/A Better Life launched recently in Honduras 2015 is a success story for once the most murderous capital of the world. The Inter-American Development Bank provided cash transfers, housing assistance, and even family counselling for this programme.

But for ZOSO to work, we need at least four zones at once; not two at once like what the police commissioner of police told the nation. Clarendon, St Catherine and Kingston/St Andrew need zones too.

We have a lot of soldiers in reserve.

Alongside the ZOSO effort the security forces need to be proactive by having regular curfews islandwide to catch migrating criminals and to counteract crime in other parishes.

ZOSO ain't no reinvention of the wheel, so it's time for the Opposition and Government to come together and stop the politicking.


Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann





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