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New year, high expectations

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The year 2018 was an extraordinary one, particularly for Jamaicans. The year will forever be remembered as the period in which tables started to turn on criminals in Jamaica, as our Government strengthened outdated, anti-crime laws and stepped up crime-fighting techniques.

As we welcome 2019, with high expectations and a fresh sense of hope, this is a good time to analyse not just the achievements or the progress we have made over the past year, but also the many challenges, disappointments and setbacks we have encountered along the way.

It's early days yet, but we cannot dispute the fact that our security forces have made great strides in apprehending and charging some of the country's most dangerous criminals since new crime-fighting measures were implemented.

Although we've had only a slight decline in the number of murders committed in the country in 2018, we can honestly say that our Government's approach to crime and the tremendous efforts by our security forces is starting to reap positive results.

As the year 2018 comes to a close and we usher in the new year, let us refrain from negative practices which continue to destroy the dignity of our country.

Let 2019 be the year in which we move collectively and resolutely forward for a safer, loving and progressive Jamaica.

I wish everyone a year filled with good health, peace and prosperity.



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