Former Central St. James MP, the PNP’s Lloyd B Smith, is supporting the call by Government Senator, Charles Sinclair, for the declaration of a limited state of emergency in the parish.
However, Mr. Smith says he has some concerns. He says the human rights of residents must be respected.
Senator Sinclair made the call in response to a 20-percent increase in murders in St. James this year compared to 2015.
He says the implementation of a limited state of emergency would allow the security forces to limit the movement of criminals and seize illegal firearms.
Mr. Smith says the police need a significant boost in their intelligence gathering capabilities as a more sustainable response to the worrying crime spike.
But the Mayor of St. Montego Bay, Glendon Harris, says he’s against the recommendation for a limited state of emergency.
The Mayor says insiders in the Police Force need to prevent confidential information given by residents from reaching those perpetrating violence in St. James.
Glendon Harris, The Mayor of St. Montego Bay. He was speaking with Nationwide’s Jevon Minto.