Security Consultant, Mark Shields, is recommending that the government fast track new legislation to give more powers to the security forces.

Mr. Shields says the legislation should be expedited in response to the over 80% increase in murders in St. James since the discontinuation of the state of public emergency.

Shields says Opposition MPs were unwise when they chose not to support a further extension of the measure despite recommendations for an extension from the heads of the security forces.

Mr. Shields says the government should consider fast-tracking legislation to give the Police additional powers.

Mr. Shields says the notion being perpetuated by some people that the murder rate in Jamaica is not at emergency levels is inaccurate.

Mr. Shields says the government should perhaps consider putting back in place a state of public emergency in St. James while it works on new legislation to give more powers to the police.