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.

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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.

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But the Mayor of St. Montego Bay, Glendon Harris, says he’s against the recommendation for a limited state of emergency.

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The Mayor says insiders in the Police Force need to prevent confidential information given by residents from reaching those perpetrating violence in St. James.

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Glendon Harris, The Mayor of St. Montego Bay. He was speaking with Nationwide’s Jevon Minto.

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