Residents of some of the communities in the latest State of Public Emergency are welcoming the special security measure.
Some even expressed surprise that their areas weren’t placed under the enhanced security measure sooner.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared sections of the Central Kingston, West Kingston and St. Andrew South Police Divisions the third State of Public Emergency, yesterday.
This follows similar measures declared in the St. James and the St. Catherine North Police Division earlier this year.
Our news team visited the latest area to be declared a State of Public Emergency today. We visited six communities in the current State of Public Emergency in the corporate area.
We entered the boundaries of the area traveling south along Studio One Boulevard then South on to Slipe Road.
Our news team observed several joint police-military teams searching vehicles and people along the declared boundaries. The blanket security presence was also visible once inside the area.
Our news team first visited Denham Town, which was already designated a Zone of Special Operations in October 2017.
When our news team visited the community then, one of their concerns was that other areas should be included.
There were also major concerns over the early closure of businesses due to a strict curfew.
But, this business operator welcomed the new measures.
Our news team then visited the neighbouring community of Tivoli Gardens.
The last time the declaration of a State of Public Emergency affected that community was in 2010 during the incursion in search of then Don, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
But, residents say this time is different.
The resident who declined to give her name says the operation hasn’t been without its faults.
She says some detainees are being released at odd hours of the night and left to find their own way home. She also says loved ones of some detainees don’t know where they are being held.
Our news team also visited Trench Town, Arnette Gardens and Rose Town.
This resident from Trench Town, who identifies herself as Mary, says she’s disappointed the measure wasn’t declared earlier because it could have saved the life of a man who was killed last week.
A similar sentiment is shared by this woman from Rose Town who says the implementation of the special security measure is late.
We also visited communities in Maxfield Park and Whitfield Town where we spoke with dozens of residents.
According to the residents, the prevailing feeling towards the latest State of Public Emergency is that it’s long overdue.