Can We “Unite for Change”? Yes, I think we must.

Posted: December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Petchary's Blog

Crime is a complex thing. And that’s an understatement.

So, I understand the need for a “movement” – something that is going to turn the tide nationally while pulling together all the strands in this web. This morning, the Ministry of National Security launched such an initiative: the start, one hopes and prays, of a genuine, detailed, more thoughtful approach. The movement is called “Unite for Change.”

Minister Peter Bunting believes that violence is a public health problem, in Jamaica and elsewhere. (My photo)Minister Peter Bunting believes that violence is a public health problem, in Jamaica and elsewhere. (My photo)

Minister Peter Bunting gave us a wide-ranging presentation – a pretty thorough overview of crime trends this year and in the previous few years. As he outlined some of the programs his Ministry has embarked on, he referred to the work of epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin, founder/director of Cure Violence. In the same breath, he noted his own collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Ward, founder of…

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