No MoBay Murders Since ZOSO

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Residents of Mount Salem and other parts of Montego Bay, in St. James, are expressing relief they’re now able to sleep at nights without being awoken by the sounds of gunfire.

And since Mount Salem and its environs were declared the country’s first Zone of Special Operations last Friday, there has been no reported murder in Montego Bay.

That’s according to the Member of Parliament for North West St. James, Dr. Horace Chang, who says this is unusual.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Chang, who is also a senior Cabinet Member, is confirming that fewer police officers than were expected, showed up for duties on the first day when Mount Salem was declared a zone of special operations.

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Our news centre reported on Monday that of the more than 140 police personnel detailed to participate in launching the first zone of special operations, fewer than a third showed up to move into Mount Salem last Friday.

Dr. Chang says the police will play a more dominant role in sustaining the area.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.