Chevon Campbell reports

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a national policy to guide and coordinate Jamaica’s response to violence is soon to be put in place.

Speaking last evening in the House of Representatives the Prime Minister says the policy will be guided by a report from the National Commission on Violence Prevention expected within another year.

Mr. Holness says both the government and other stakeholders have a myriad of differing policies and programmes to address violence.

However he says the nation’s response to the issue is often sporadic and disjointed.

The Prime Minister says such a national policy will be able to provide a proper framework to bring all elements in society together in combating the issue of violence.

The policy is to be crafted through a report generated by from the previously established National Commission on Violence Prevention, chaired by Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan.

He says that report should be provided to him within another year.

The brutal murder of 20 year old Khanice Jackson is the latest incident to bring the issue violence to the fore in Jamaican society.

The Prime Minister says in some ways he’s thankful for the continued public outrage against such heinous acts in the country.

He’s assuring the public the government takes the matter of violence seriously and they’re working to tackle the issue.