President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Howard Mitchell has reiterated his call for a coalition model of leadership to develop and implement a sustainable crime-fighting plan.
According to the PSOJ boss, any sustainable solution to crime and violence must have its genesis in what he describes as a ‘Firmament Committee’ that transcends political administrations.
He says that only such a coalition could spearhead a sustainable response to violence. He pointed to the model of the Electoral Commission as an example of such a coalition and highlighted the Vision 2030 plan as a reasonable blueprint for crime solutions.
Mitchell was one of four panellists at a town hall meeting convened by the Jamaica Baptist Union on Thursday, February 22, to discuss solutions to crime and violence plaguing several sections of the country.
NOT OF ONE ACCORD
The panel included acting Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake; Custos of St James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin; and Violence Prevention Alliance founding member Bradley Edwards, all of whom agreed that no single entity could respond effectively to crime and violence.
However, they were not of one accord with what the coalition model and the crime-fighting plan should look like or how it could be implemented.