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WITH barely a day's experience on the job Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, has indicated that he will implement crime-fighting measures aimed at curtailing the worrying trend of a rising murder rate since the start of the year.

Immediately after taking the oath of office yesterday Bunting convened a meeting with Jamaica Defence Force head Antony Anderson and Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and conveyed his concern about the spike in homicides islandwide.

“This administration will respond decisively to any increase in criminality, those who have ears to hear, be warned. We will be sending a strong message to hoodlums who seem intent on disrupting and destroying lives,” he said.

Bunting said the security forces will pull out all the stops in their quest to prevent the situation from mushrooming.

He said a decision was made to increase the intensity of security operations islandwide.

Among those measures are increased curfews in truobled communities islandwide.

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