Leader of People’s National Party’s (PNP), Dr Peter Phillip’s will be seeking a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson to discuss the present situation in the country regarding criminal acts.
This is according to Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr Fitz Jackson, who, in a press release today said urgent and effective steps must be taken immediately to stem the increasingly frequent criminal activity, which is threatening peaceful existence in several communities and causing fear and panic among a wide cross-section of Jamaicans in every parish.
His comments are in response to yesterday’s robbery in May Pen, Clarendon, where two police officers were shot and injured.
Jackson said he and Phillips will be travelling to the town this afternoon to visit one of the officers, who remains in hospital nursing gunshot wounds after his encounter with the robbers.
He noted that the other police officer has been released from hospital.
Jackson said: “This assault on law and order by large gangs of highly trained and armed criminal gunmen was highlighted yesterday in May Pen, Clarendon, where five masked men armed with M16 rifles and other high-powered weaponry created mayhem in the township in broad daylight.”
Jackson noted that St Elizabeth, St Mary and St James had also seen similar attacks fashioned like the Sunday morningp attacks.
He said there has been other significant flare up in crime and violence and murders in other parishes, including Kingston, St Andrew and St Ann.
Jackson said despite the presence of the State of Emergency (SoE) in the three Western parishes, including St James, hardened and apparently well-trained criminals have continued their murderous rampage, carrying out daylight robberies against legitimate businesses with impunity.
“Those in the government and elsewhere who believe that a declaration of a State of Emergency is a medium or long term fix for crime, need to face the reality that without a national crime plan that effectively focuses on investigations and arrests, there will be no end in sight for this level of criminality,” said Jackson.