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Another plea for more public support in crime fight

Friday, January 10, 2014    

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JAMAICANS were urged yesterday to give greater support to the police as they step up their fight against criminals who were responsible for the 1,197 murders committed in the island last year.

"As a people, we need to do more if we are to bring crime under control," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, who heads the Mobile Reserve.

He was speaking at the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF)/Mobile Reserve New Year's devotion at Harmon Barracks, Kingston, yesterday. The event was held under the theme 'Giving Thanks, Celebrating God's Faithfulness'.

Yesterday members of the ISCF, in giving thanks for the achievements made last year, said they were concerned about the crime problem but vowed to do all in their power to bring the scourge under control.

They said while spiritual guidance is a necessary complement to their modus operandi, they were fully aware that faith alone would not get the job done.

"Faith without work is death. It will take a collective effort to curb the country's crime problem," said ACP Budhoo.

According to the police statistics department, the 1,197 murders recorded last year show an increase over the 1,099 committed over the course of 2012.

Yesterday, guest speaker at the devotion, Bishop Ronald Blair, encouraged members of the ISCF to give thanks for both the challenges and blessings of 2013, and to anticipate those of 2014.

-- Kimmo Matthews and Karim Smith

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