Phillips To Hold National Stakeholder Meeting on Crime & Violence


Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, says he’s holding a national stakeholder meeting on crime and violence, on July 30.

Dr Phillips says at the last Vale Royal Talks in January, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced he’ll host a national stakeholder meeting that same month.

The meeting was intended to discuss crime and other national issues.

But Dr Phillips says after months of waiting, he’s decided to act.

Stevian Simmonds reports:

Dr Phillips says the Opposition has sat by and waited while hundreds of people have been murdered, despite several extensions to the States of Public Emergency.

Today he told a media conference that he can wait no longer.

He says the Prime Minister had also announced plans to have subsequent talks on legislative changes.

The Opposition Leader says the meeting will include stakeholders across several sectors. He also noted that the Justice Minister, the Attorney General, the National Security Minister have been invited to participate.

Dr Phillips says experts in criminal behaviour, and national security studies, will also participate.

He says the Opposition is still open to a national stakeholder meeting with the Prime Minister.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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