National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, is rebuffing calls for the imposition of a Zone of Special Operations, ZOSO, in Central Kingston.

People’s National Party Caretaker for the constituency, Imani Duncan Price, has called for the measure, noting the communities are being plagued by rampant violence.

Dr. Chang says a ZOSO in that area would stretch the resources of the state.

He says a state of emergency would be a more logical response in the communities.

Dr. Horace Chang, National Security Minister.

The government is appealing a court ruling on the constitutionality of extensive detention of people under extended periods of States of Emergency.