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  • Dancehall artist Grace 'Spice' Hamilton found fame for her critique of black culture and colorism in her song 'Black Hypocrisy.'

    Dancehall artist Grace 'Spice' Hamilton found fame for her critique of black culture and colorism in her song 'Black Hypocrisy.' | Photo: Instagram: @spiceofficial

Published 2 January 2019
Opinion

The Caribbean country has launched an intense, multifaceted anti-crime strategy with the Plan Secure Jamaica.

One of 2018’s hottest artists after her song “Black Hypocrisy,” a critique on colorism, Jamaica's 'Queen of Dancehall' Grace 'Spice' Hamilton, is calling for an end to violence in her Caribbean home.

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"My all-time wish for Jamaica over the years has been to see a violent-free Jamaica,” Spice told the Jamaican Star.

“I travel the world a lot and most of the times when I visit new countries I ask about the crime rate because I just want to compare and say my country is doing good.

"But the truth is, the majority of times, we always have the worst crime rate, and so my wish is to see a crime-free Jamaica. And so for 2019, I want to see the crime rate drop, if it is even by half." 

Modern police technology, greater security in the streets and tighter gun laws were some of the methods suggested by the musician.

“The police force needs more modern technology.... The system needs updating," she said.

The Caribbean country is now launching an intense, multifaceted anti-crime strategy via the Plan Secure Jamaica, introduced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Despite reservations among members of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), the prime minister said he plans to go ahead with the crime-fighting initiative.

“The plans will obviously include reconfiguration of the security deployment but it will ensure that presence is maintained," Holness said.

"It will ensure that there are operations undertaken within the context of regular policing and it will ensure that the public will continue to have a sense of safety and security, particularly in those areas that have been badly affected by violence."

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