The government has disclosed that work has started on the development of a framework for a body similar to the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) to monitor crime-fighting targets.
Speaking in the Upper House of parliament Wednesday, Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, said it is part of work coming out of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica "to monitor agreed elements of the anti-crime plans and strategies."
Senator Johnson Smith also said she was feeling positive ahead of Thursday's meeting of national stakeholders aimed at building consensus around how to tackle crime and violence.
Opposition Senator Donna Scott Mottley said Thursday's meeting is a necessary step towards resolving what she describes as the current crisis of leadership.
"If you are going to be serious about dealing with this matter, you have to go to your leaders at every possible level of a community and a society. It has to be almost like a movement," she asserted.