The Heads of the security forces are defending their recommendation to the government to declare a State of Public Emergency in several sections of the Corporate Area despite there being no surge in murders in these communities.
The State of Emergency was announced by Prime Minister Holness on Sunday.
Both the Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Rocky Meade and Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, were questioned about the decision during today’s sitting of Parliament’s, Internal and External Affairs Committee.
It was North Clarendon MP, Horace Dalley, who first questioned the need for a State of Emergency in sections of the Corporate Area.
He notes there’s no surge in murders in the communities that fall within the ambit of the latest special security measure.
The Member from North Clarendon was supported by MP for South St Catherine and Committee Chairman, Fitz Jackson.
Mr. Jackson says the declaration was peculiar considering other communities seemingly had greater need for such an action.
However, Commissioner Anderson says the Area Four Police Division is currently trending the highest. The Area Four Police Division includes sections of Kingston and St. Andrew.
Mr. Dalley, suggested that this may be reaction to an incident which allegedly took place over the weekend leading up to the declaration. But Major General Meade, dismissed that concern.
The Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, says Jamaicans have normalized the country’s murder crisis.
He was defending the extensions of the States of Public Emergency and Zones of Special Operations across the country.
General Anderson says the special measures have allowed the security forces to accomplish far more than would’ve been feasible without a significant increase in resources.
He says not only have more lives been saved, but those saved translate to less reprisals.
Meanwhile, Army Chief, Major General Rocky Meade, says bringing the enhanced security measures to an end should depend on whether normality has been restored to the society.
Both men were speaking this afternoon during a sitting of Parliament’s Internal and External Affairs Committee.
The Police Commissioner says just under 500 killings have been prevented by members of the Constabulary since the start of the year.
He says this is as a result of increased investigative capacity and information gathering.