State Of Emergency Extended For St James
On Tuesday The House of Representatives voted to extend the state of emergency in St James for an additional three months.
The state of emergency, which has also been given the designation – enhanced security measures was first imposed on the parish for a two week period in January.
It was subsequently extended until May 3 and this latest extension will see it continue for for an additional 90 days until August 2.
The state of emergency was initially prompted in response to a surging murder rate in the parish which recorded 335 murders in 2017.
Following the decision by parliament, Prime Minister Andrew Holness stated via an online statement that the Jamaican state is committed to protecting its people and the country has to take a stance against crime.
“What we are facing with crime is a problem that transcends politics. Regardless of who is in power there should be a unified position on fixing crime.
The residents of St. James are no longer fearful of the presence of the security forces. They are now asking for the security forces to remain.”
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