With nearly a hundred murders recorded in the St. Andrew South Police division since the start of the year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a State of Public Emergency in the area.
The division, described as being historically violent, is grappling with an upsurge in crime.
It has recorded the highest number of murders this year – 33% higher than another crime-plagued area, the parish of Clarendon.
Prime Minister Holness who made the announcement yesterday, says this was a key factor influencing the declaration of the enhanced security measure.
It was also a point of emphasis for the Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson.
During a special Sunday morning media conference at Jamaica House, Mr. Holness told the nation that after careful consideration a State of Public Emergency was imposed in the St. Andrew South Police division.
He says gang-related violence is responsible for the vast majority of murders in the area.
According to the Police Commissioner some 25 gangs occupying the space are currently endangering public safety.
Commissioner Anderson says the St. Andrew South Police division has recorded the most murders so far in 2019, by a sizable margin.
Commissioner Anderson says gang violence in the division has created an environment of fear and has eroded the residents’ quality of life.