President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, Keith Duncan, has expressed disappointment that the Opposition voted against extending the States of Public Emergency

Senators from the Opposition PNP voted Thursday night against a resolution to extend SOEs in seven police divisions.

The PSOJ says the only way to reduce violent crime in a sustainable manner is through a wholistic plan of education, social transformation, justice, reformation of the JCF and penal reform.

They believe that in the same way that Jamaica has approached economic crisis situations with a singular focus, these pillars require the same high level of prioritization and bi-partisan commitment.

Mr. Duncan added that SOEs also give the Police an opportunity to tackle crime.

Keith Duncan, PSOJ President

The PSOJ says the burden has been placed on the Jamaica Constabulary Force to focus on violent crime reduction, to clean up where society and good governance have not delivered.

The organization says it continues to support the use of SOEs as an interim measure.

They noted that if the Jamaica Social Programmes and Education, in which over 1 trillion dollars has been invested in the last decade, had the desired impact, there would be no need for SOEs.