Senate Approves Extension of SOE In St. Andrew South Police Division

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The Senate has approved a resolution that paves the way for a 90-day extension of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Andrew South Police Division.

The extension was approved after Government Senate Leader, Kamina Johnson Smith, disclosed a 58% reduction in murders in the division since the special security measure was implemented.

In making the case for the extension, Senator Johnson Smith urged Opposition Senators to take their duty to protect the people seriously.

She noted that while the State of Public Emergency is effective in helping to save lives, there are other aspects of Plan Secure Jamaica.


However, Opposition Senator, Wentworth Skeffrey, told the Senate that despite the 58% reduction in murders in the St. Andrew South Police Division, he’s unconvinced that the State of Public Emergency should be extended.

Wentworth Skeffrey, Opposition Senator, addressing the Upper House of Parliament last Friday.

Senator Skeffrey says the Opposition is concerned about the cost of the special security measure.

Wentworth Skeffrey, Opposition Senator, addressing the Upper House of Parliament last Friday.

The resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Andrew South Division was eventually approved.

15 Senators voted in favour of the resolution.

6 senators were absent.

On Tuesday, MPs in the Lower House voted in favour of the resolution.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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