BREAKING: Prime Minister Declares State Of Emergency In Kingston East Police Division


The troubled Kingston East Police Division is now under a State of Public Emergency.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement during a media briefing at Jamaica House moments ago.

The Prime Minister says acting on the recommendation of the Heads of the Security Forces, he has advised Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen that a State of Public Emergency is to become effective in the Kingston East Division effective midnight last night.

 The boundaries of the division where the SOE has been declared.

On the Western side, the boundary extends in a northerly direction from the intersection of Michael Manley Boulevard and South Camp Road, then continues north-easterly along Vineyard Road then on to the end of Diana Drive.

The Northern boundary extends in an easterly direction from Diana Drive to Lexington Avenue, then on to Deanery Road to the intersection to Mountain View Avenue.

The boundary then extends easterly along an imaginary irregular line to the shared parish border of St Andrew and St Thomas.

The Eastern boundary extends in a southerly direction along the shared parish border of St Andrew and St Thomas to the coast.

The Southern boundary extends westerly along the coast of St Andrew, then along the Kingston coastline to the intersection of South Camp Road and Michael Manley Boulevard.

The Kingston East Division recorded an 18.2 percent increase in murders last year.

The bloodletting has continued during the first few weeks of the New Year as rival gangs have been waging war over turf.

States of Public Emergency are now in place in sections of seven (7) of Jamaica’s fourteen (14) parishes.

The enhanced security measure exists in Hanover, Westmoreland, St. James, Clarendon, St. Catherine and the St. Andrew South Police Division.

According to data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, since the start of the year, the division has recorded 11 murders, when compared with three murders during the corresponding period last year.

The JCF says of the 11 murders recorded since the start of 2020, seven of them have been attributed to the ongoing gang violence in the division.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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