The police are to increase their presence in violence prone communities in Montego Bay, St James.
The national security minister Dwight Nelson made the disclosure yesterday following a closed door meeting with members of the business community to discuss the crime situation in the parish. Senator Nelson says it was agreed that there needs to be more collaboration between the police, the government and business interests to jointly support efforts to fight crime. The national security minister has also indicated that the intention is to increase the number of police personnel to about 200.
He says the business community has committed to providing some help with policing in Montego Bay and its environs, as well as social intervention programs.
Senator Nelson says a Resource Collaborative Committee has been established among members of the business community, with the aim of raising the needed funds.
The first meeting of the committee is expected to take place next week. Funds raised are to go toward intervention programmes and crime fighting initiatives.