Opposition Leader Mark Golding says that the Government has invested too much of its resources into the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and not enough in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), perpetuating the country’s “terrible problem of violent crime”.
Golding, who was speaking on Tuesday at the People’s National Party’s (PNP) post-conference briefing at its headquarters in St Andrew, said the police are operating below crime-fighting capacity.
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He argued that the number of police per capita in Jamaica is lower than in the rest of the region.
Golding said the Government has pursued a “failed strategy” with the fiscal space created through the success of the IMF programme.
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“They have allocated too much of that fiscal space of the capital expenditure on the military, which has been increased both in terms of things like boats and ships but also the numbers in the military have been expanded,” he said
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