• He wants the Govt to fast track new legislation.

Shields Urges Gov’t to Give More Power to the Police


Security Consultant, Mark Shields, is recommending that the government fast track new legislation to give more powers to the security forces.

Mr. Shields says the legislation should be expedited in response to the over 80% increase in murders in St. James since the discontinuation of the state of public emergency.

Shields says Opposition MPs were unwise when they chose not to support a further extension of the measure despite recommendations for an extension from the heads of the security forces.

Mr. Shields says the government should consider fast-tracking legislation to give the Police additional powers.

Mr. Shields says the notion being perpetuated by some people that the murder rate in Jamaica is not at emergency levels is inaccurate.

Mr. Shields says the government should perhaps consider putting back in place a state of public emergency in St. James while it works on new legislation to give more powers to the police.

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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