Stakeholders in Western Jamaica are supporting calls by Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, for an emergency allocation of funds to allow for sustained saturation policing in the region.
This is in response to the violence in the region which has seen several shootings and murders.
The police have linked the increase in criminality to the lottery scam which is prevalent in Western Jamaica.
Mr. Bunting says an emergency allocation is the only way to sustain saturation policing in the region for any meaningful period of time.
The Opposition Spokesman is calling on the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, to persuade Cabinet into making an emergency budgetary allocation to the Area one police division.
This division comprises the Western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny
Mr. Bunting argues that the crisis in St. James, and Western Jamaica, requires saturation patrolling that can only be sustained with significant budgetary resources to maintain additional personnel.
Head of the Peace Management Initiative in St. James, Reverend Everton Jackson supports the call.
Reverend Jackson is backed by Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce president Gloria Henry.
She is also calling for a boost in the intelligence gathering capability of the JCF.
But CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Dennis Chung, says this allocation should be expanded island wide.