Jamaica authorities hope incentives lead to crime reduction
Jamaica’s struggles to curb violent crimes have been well-documented this year. One of the driving factors behind that crime surge has been the sheer volume of illegal weapons being smuggled into the island nation. Coupled with the already noted culture to protect criminals that has infected various demographics, smattered along Jamaican towns and parishes; it is clear that law enforcement face an uphill battle to reverse the murder wave that has gripped the island to start 2022.
The Jamaica National Security Council has agreed to offer significant incentives for information leading to the recovery of illegal weapons.
The incentive programme is part of a national campaign that will be developed against illegal guns and gangs.
A media release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister last night said that the objective of the campaign will be to educate the population on the dangers of illegal guns, dissuade persons from dealing, trafficking, procuring, possessing and using illegal guns.
The campaign will be across all media platforms and will seek the support of all stakeholders. Young men will be the key demographic target of the campaign.
Chairman of the council, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, said that the public must be fully engaged and encouraged to give information on illegal activities, particularly on illegal guns.
The prime minister recently said that 85 per cent of all homicides in Jamaica are committed using an illegal firearm.
Data published by the Jamaica Constabulary Force indicate that 132 people were murdered in the first 29 days of January. This compares with 129 for the corresponding period in 2021.
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