National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says the army has been deployed to four areas of the island including Western Jamaica.

Senator Montague made the disclosure this afternoon while he addressed the House of Representatives.

Fear is gripping sections of the island after the recent surge in killings.

National Security Minister Robert Montague told Parliament this afternoon that the Jamaica Defence Force has been called out to fortify the efforts of the Police in four areas.

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Apart from Western Jamaica – Montague did not specify which areas of the island the army has been dispatched. But he told Parliament that particular focus is being placed on St. James.

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The tough talking Security Minister said the Police and the administration have declared war on criminals.

He says incentives will be also increased to get the participation of citizens in the crime fight.

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Senator Montague also told the House that moves are being made to have persons convicted of gun crimes spend more time behind bars.

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Minister Montague, says over the next three years the Government will be investing an unprecedented level of investment in fighting crime.

Montague made the announcement while he addressed the House of Representatives this afternoon.

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Minister Montague also confirmed the Government’s intention to review the Bail Act.

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Senator Montague has faced a difficult first few months in office – especially with the recent surge in violence in Western Jamaica.

He told Parliament this afternoon that the country can be sure that he has the political will to make tough decisions needed to reduce violent crime.

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Robert Montague was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

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