“We must act now to rescue and rebuild our Jerusalem! Our Jerusalem is wherever we live, be it in the alley way, the street or the avenue,” said Condor.
“Be it in a condo on a hillside, or a humble home in a busy community; we must all actively initiate the process of motivating all our people, as we send out the “Clarion Call” to join forces to rescue our Land,” said the Minister.
On Thursday 18th August, 2011, the Minister took to the airwaves of the national television station, to address citizens about the spate of murders that have been terrorizing the population.
His address came as the country recorded its 4th homicide in 4 days…from Sunday 14th-Wednesday 17th August, 2011. Since then, the homicide rate has increased by one, bringing the total so far for 2011, to 27. This is the same number of killings that occurred in 2009 and a national record.
In his address, Mr. Condor said that he was speaking with “a heart grieved by the wanton loss of lives and by the suffering and chaos brought about by the upsurge of crime and violence, in our Land, in recent times.”
Condor is of the opinion that the country is living in extraordinary times; and we face an extraordinary challenge.
The Minister of National Security issued a “call to arms” for the people of this Great Nation. Not to arm ourselves with the weapons that are destroying our Federation’s youth; but a call to Vigilance, explained the Minister.
Condor who is also the Deputy Prime Minister told the nation that though “Our innate response to danger is either flight or fight! We cannot, and must not allow ourselves to be consumed with fear; for there is yet hope! We must then employ every workable strategy to fight back.”
Describing himself as a God-fearing man, Condor said he is firmly of the view that this is not merely a war of guns and ammunition, but a deeper, invisible war for the heart, and soul of our Nation; the Nation’s youth, particularly our young men.
He added that it is critical therefore, that we understand that we cannot afford to lose this war; or we lose our Nation’s greatest resource….our People!
The top security policy official said he has always been mindful that the issue of crime and violence in our Federation must be fought on all fronts, engaging all our resources, inclusive of people and institutions.
Condor said that as a result of the input of various national bodies, the National Security Ministry has been able to devise Anti-Crime, Anti-Gang Strategies, where-from a number of initiatives are being systematically introduced. These he said include:
• Use of Island Constables under the Island Constables Act No.31 of 2009
• Increase police presence in communities with significant criminal activity and intensify raids to deter the possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs.
• Modernize the Ministry of National Security and improve communication and cooperation to increase public confidence and foster a relationship with the police and to encourage public participation in the fight against crime.
• The appointment of a cross-sectoral, high powered commission to advise on and monitor implementation of medium and long-term solutions recommended by the National Implementation Task Force on Crime or otherwise approved.
• Capacity building and strengthening of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
• Establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Crime and Violence.