PNP Calls For Appointment of Police Chiefs

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The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is calling for the appointment of several policing chiefs to be subject to approval from Parliament.

These are the Heads of the Constabulary, the Major Organised Crime and Ant-Corruption Agency, MOCA, and the National Intelligence Bureau, NIB.

It was among the recommendations made at the party’s Crime Summit last week.

In a statement containing Dr. Phillips’ speaking notes from the summit, he says efforts for tackling crime must be collective, sustainable, and lawful.

He also promised to compile a full report of the talks to share with members of the government.

Dr. Peter Phillips, Opposition Leader, speaking last week at the PNP’s Crime Summit.

The Opposition has indicated its intention to take the government to court, over prolonged use of the States of Public Emergency.

They say it may be unconstitutional.

Dr. Phillips says his party supported the SOE extensions because that was the only major measure the government put forward.

He also notes that his party supported the enhanced security measures because something had to be done to at least provide a sense of safety for Jamaicans.

But Dr. Phillips is warning the government to resist what he says is a temptation to treat the crime problem as simply a policing issue to be solved by just putting more boots on the ground.

He says significant social intervention is needed to directly address the root causes of crime.

He says measures are needed to address poverty, weak family structures, and a breakdown in socialization.

The Opposition Leader is also calling for a comprehensive security approach, including international cooperation, police reform, and research data.



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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