Prime Minister Confident Security Forces Aren’t Abusing SOE Powers

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’s confident the security forces are not abusing their powers under the State of Public Emergency in St. James.

He was speaking after a tour of the parish over the weekend.

The tour comes a little over a week after the Prime Minister declared the state of emergency, granting the security forces emergency powers in the parish.

Prime Minister Holness also says he’s satisfied with the condition of detention areas.

The Prime Minister says Jamaica’s crime problem will be solved when people can be confident they can safely share information with the security forces.

He’s urging residents of St. James to come forward with what they know.

Meanwhile, the police have extended business closing hours in St. James under the State of Public Emergency.

In a statement over the weekend, the JCF says clubs and fast-food restaurants can now close at 2:00 a.m. That’s two hours later than the midnight closing they were forced to adhere to at the start of the State of Emergency.

Business with tavern licenses must now close by 10:00 PM, service stations by 11:00 PM, while Supermarkets, grocery shops and stores must close by 8:00 PM.