President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, Keith Duncan, says Jamaica’s crime situation requires the use of emergency measures.

He made the comments while reiterating the PSOJ’s support for the States of Public Emergency. 

Mr. Duncan, who is also the chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee, EPOC, says the measure should be utilised with a 90-day stipulation for detentions.

Suzell Wray has that story.


The SOEs had been declared in St. Andrew South, Kingston Central, Kingston West, Kingston East, Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland.

The emergency measures ended after the Opposition People’s National Party declined to support the extension beyond the initial 14 days.

But POSJ boss, Keith Duncan, says the private sector lobby supports the reintroduction of the measure.

The EPOC co-chair noted that while he understands the concerns regarding the powers of detention, reforms have been enacted to ensure the SOEs have a limited impact on those who have been detained.

Mr Duncan says he’s satisfied with the reforms made to the emergency powers regulations. He’s calling for the SOE to be brought back as a crime fighting tool.