National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, says he’s hopeful the IMF will relax some of the stringent conditions in Jamaica’s economic programme, now that the country has closed the deal with Venezuela to buy back the Petrocaribe debt.
Speaking today at a handing over ceremony in St. Andrew, Minister Bunting lamented the strain placed on Government ministries by the reduced fiscal space under the IMF programme.
Minister Bunting says organizations like the Constabulary Force would benefit if his Ministry had the ability to provide more resources.
And Minister Bunting, says there has been a marked decline in murders in St. James, since the deployment of 200 additional Police personnel in the parish.
For the first 168 days this year, St. James recorded more than 120 murders.
The Police responded two weeks ago by placing more boots on the ground to support the fight against heavily armed and organized criminals in the parish.
Minister Bunting says the use of additional manpower is already paying dividends.