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Opposition urges Gov't to convene National Security Council

Tuesday, February 14, 2012    

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The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) last night urged the Government to immediately convene the National Security Council to discuss strategies to effectively address the current upsurge in violent crime.

"Under the JLP administration, the National Security Council met monthly," the party said in a news release. "It was chaired by the then prime minister, and the Opposition was represented by the current minister of national security, Mr Peter Bunting, providing an effective mechanism for bi-partisan discussion of solutions to the very important national issue of crime."

Delroy Chuck, the JLP's spokesman on national security and justice, said that at yesterday's meeting of the JLP shadow cabinet, members expressed deep concerns about the increase in serious crimes and the

reported threats against members of the police force.

Chuck offered his support to the members of the security forces, and called on them to act professionally and justly in dealing with citizens in affected communities. He also asked the public to co-operate with the security forces as they respond to the current situation.

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