National Security Minister, Robert Montague says close to 100 operations have been carried out across the island by the security forces in pursuit of wanted men from St James which is currently under a State of Public Emergency.

Speaking with the members of the media over the weekend in Hanover, the minister said it is anticipated that criminals would attempt to escape the parish.

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The minister further used the opportunity to ask citizens to be patient with the security forces.

Mr Montague was in the parish of Hanover attending a civic ceremony commemorating the 134th birth anniversary of National Hero and founder of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, William Alexander Clarke Bustamante.

Earlier this month, the commanding officer for Hanover, Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput told a general monthly meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation that a number of persons seeking safe haven in the parish have been picked up.

Superintendent Beeput also used the opportunity to call on citizens to provide whatever information they may have on strange persons in their communities to the police.