The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says the government is continuing its review and development of policy and legislation to support the use of enhanced security measures.

In a statement yesterday, the OPM says this was the focus of a meeting of the National Security Council, NSC, chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Friday.

The OPM says the government will empower the security forces with legislative tools to more effectively treat with any geographic area within Jamaica, afflicted by extraordinary levels of criminal activity. It says the NSC has tasked the Attorney General to lead further discussions with the Opposition on this very important legislative initiative.

The OPM also says the NSC reviewed the progress that has been made on other pieces of legislation being crafted or amended in order to strengthen the overall legislative framework. These include, the proposed Law Enforcement Protection of Integrity Bill and amendments to the Firearms Act.

Meanwhile, the statement from the OPM says Prime Minister Holness highlighted his own concerns regarding the recent brazen incidents of criminality and emphasised to the security chiefs that these criminals must be caught and brought to justice.

The Prime Minister also reiterated the Government’s commitment to provide the necessary resources to ensure that all the requisite national efforts are aligned to tackle the threat of dons, gangs and guns.