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Jamaican issues brought to the fore at Birmingham public for

PICTURED: Lord Mayor Yvonne Mosquito and her consort, husband Winston Mosquito

THE NEW Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, was among the dignitaries, alongside ministers, business people and concerned citizens, within a gathering of an estimated 500 people at public forum to discuss Jamaican issues last month.

The popular H Suite venue in Birmingham played host to the forum – ‘Arresting Crime and Violence: A National Priority for Jamaica’, which was moderated by Paulette Simpson, executive of corporate affairs and public policy at Jamaica National Group Limited (JN).

The June 18 event, organised by JN, was its 15th annual forum and saw the keynote address given by the Commissioner of Police at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Major General Antony Anderson.

Preceded on the podium by a number of speakers including JN’s Chairman Hon Oliver Clarke OJ and its CEO Earl Jarrett, the Major General delivered a presentation on the situation regarding crime, violence and disorder in Jamaica, and the measures his 15,000-strong of cer/civilian force has implemented.

All feature in his Police and Crime Plan, which details his ideas to address the endurng concerns for the safety, security and economic stability of the Caribbean island, which borrow from his stellar 34-year career in the Jamaican military.

The presentation covered police activity to toughen up its maritime borders, closing loopholes in the law regarding the possession of firearms, identifying more trouble areas to target with additional measures and the developments of Jamaica Eye, the country’s burgeoning CCTV network which features both police and privately owned cameras.

This was followed by a question and answer session in which concerns were raised on a number of issues, including the Force’s ability to collect data to identify the perpetrators of organised crime and its partnership work to help steer offenders away from crime.

“The turnout here demonstrates your connection with the Jamaica and the interest you are taking,” Anderson told the gathering. “The diet of crime and violence happening in Jamaica that we get fed by the media is something that affects all of us.

“Jamaica is a small country but punches above its weight in many areas so there is no reason why it can’t stop these issues keeping such a stronghold over it.”

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