Work is set to begin on a National Action Plan for violence prevention in the upcoming financial year.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement in the House of Representatives last week.

The Prime Minister was outlining his administration’s agenda on crime and violence prevention as part of his budget presentation.

The action plan will be the product of the National Commission on Violence Prevention established by Prime Minister Holness in 2019.

The Commission analysed the work of several of the country’s many social intervention programmes.

According to Mr. Holness, it was found that the country’s efforts on this front have been piecemeal and ineffective.

The Prime Minister has been criticised by the Opposition for what they see as his adoption of a hard policing strategy devoid of proper social interventions.

However, Mr. Holness says his administration will put in place meaningful measures on this front.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.