National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang has tabled legislation requesting a three-month extension of the States of Public Emergency in effect across the island.

If approved the measure would remain in place until February 12 of next year.

Dr. Chang made the announcement in the House of Representatives today.

Debate on the legislation in the lower house is currently underway.

The enhanced security measure is in effect in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in Western Jamaica.

The Police Divisions of St Andrew South, Kingston Western, Kingston Central and Kingston East are also under SOE’s in the Corporate Area.

The legislation will most likely pass in the House of Representatives where the government has an overwhelming majority.

It faces a tougher challenge in the Senate this Thursday where it requires at least one opposition senator to pass the legislation.