Security Forces Contemplating New Security Measures


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the security forces are contemplating other measures when the States of Public Emergency are lifted next month.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness, says the Opposition’s refusal to extend the State of Public Emergency in St James, will embolden criminals.

The Opposition Members of Parliament voted in the House of Representatives last week, against extending the emergency measure beyond January next year.

Prime Minister Holness says members of the Opposition had welcomed the move when it was first declared early this year.

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He says the State of Public Emergency has significantly reduced murders in the tourism-centric parish. But the Prime Minister says the situation in St. James is still at crisis levels.

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He says the move by the Opposition is welcomed news to the criminals.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview on the weekend with Nationwide News’ Dennis Brooks, the Prime Minister said the security forces have prepared a letter requesting an extension of the existing States of Public Emergency, across the island.

Prime Minister Holness says in light of the apparent unwillingness of the Opposition to support the enhanced security measures, the security forces will have to increase their crime-fighting efforts.