Questions are again being raised about the State’s response to the crime situation plaguing the parish of Clarendon.
Several stakeholders are raising concerns following the declaration of a State of Public Emergency in the St. Andrew South Police division yesterday.
The Police division has recorded 94 murders and 93 shooting incidents since the start of the year and following closely behind is Clarendon which has recorded 72 murders since the beginning of 2019.
Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips is among the prominent voices asking again, what about Clarendon?
Dr. Phillips says while he supports the government’s immediate response to the upsurge of violence in St. Andrew South, he’s still asking for the implementation of a comprehensive crime plan.
President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, Howard Mitchell is also asking when will Clarendon receive increased attention from the security forces.\
Last week, former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting said sections of central and southern Clarendon needed serious intervention and a Zone of Special Operation, ZOSO.
According to Mr. Bunting, the murder rate in Clarendon was the highest for any of the rural parishes in the island.