Church leader calls on government to empower church, state agencies and civil society to help tackle crime


At least one church leader has called on the government to empower the church, state agencies and civil society to help fight crime.

Presiding Bishop of the Holiness Christian Church in Jamaica, Dr Alvin Bailey made the appeal amid public concern over a suggestion that the government should engage in peace talks with suspected criminals.

Bishop Bailey said such actions would set a bad precedent that would formalize and recognize gangs and criminals.

He said such actions would send the wrong signal to criminals as it would reinforce their illegal activities.

He said the government should instead use already established crime intervention strategies, through entities such as the Church and other social partners.

Bishop Bailey has called for the creation of a crime control committee.

According to the bishop, the fear instilled by the culture “informa fe dead”; failure to act decisively regarding non-performance within the Department of National Security; infighting among members of the Jamaica Police Force over pay and benefits; as well as widespread corruption and an unwillingness to bring to justice those involved in high-profile criminal activity has encouraged criminals to act with contempt and impunity for law and order.

He said that other deterrents to effective crime fighting in Jamaica include the fact that the police force is under-equipped, overworked and understaffed.


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