National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, says the State of Public Emergency in St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover, is showing early successes by drastically reducing murders in the western section of the island.

Dr Chang says since the declaration of the enhanced security measure almost 2-weeks ago there have been only two murders in the three parishes.

Dr. Chang reiterated that the presence of the security forces in St. James wasn’t lessened after the previous State of Emergency came to an end in January.

He says criminals are becoming more technologically savvy. He says criminals are using technology to monitor the security forces to better aid in their illicit activities.

The barracks were built at a cost of $1.6- billion.

It will facilitate almost 530 members of the military who’ll serve in St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.

The new facilities are the fulfillment of a promise made by Dr. Chang in January to permanently station a JDF battalion in St. James