The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ and several civil society groups, are imploring the parliamentary opposition to support the extension of the States of Public Emergency, through the Christmas period until January 14, 2023.

On Friday, the Senate will debate the security measure being proposed for a 46-day extension.

The SOEs were declared on November 15, 2023, in the parishes of Westmoreland, St James, Hanover, St Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St Andrew.

In a joint-release Thursday afternoon, the PSOJ and Civil Society Groups say since the declaration of the SOEs murders have declined significantly.

Robian Williams has this story.


President of the PSOJ, Keith Duncan says the data demonstrate that SOEs can help to save lives.

Duncan notes that criminal activities tend to surge during the Christmas period.

The group says political maturity is required.

Vice-president of the PSOJ, John Byles, says additional measures are needed, to disrupt criminal networks in order to reduce violent crimes and murder.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaican Craft Traders & Producers Association Devon Mitchell, says the level of crime the country is experiencing, has the potential to cripple the tourism industry.

The private sector and civil society are encouraging the government, to consider suggested changes made by the opposition on the clauses of the Emergency Power Regulations.

This on the basis that the amendments given won’t reduce the effectiveness of the SOE.