The St Catherine Chamber of Commerce says the States of Public Emergency should have been extended in St Catherine North, to deliver lasting impacts.

Last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness stoked more controversy about the enhanced security measure.

He said had they remained in place fewer people would have been murdered in 2020.

But the Opposition dismissed the comment saying the government is bankrupt of crime fighting ideas.

President of the St Catherine Chamber, Dennis Robotham, says draconian measures are necessary to fight crime.

He says the SOE’s were successful in reducing murders and removing some gangsters.

But he says the measure had little impact on the extortion trade in Spanish Town.

In fact, Mr Robotham says the illicit practice has been normalized.

Dennis Robotham, President of the St Catherine Chamber of Commerce, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.