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Holness declares state of emergency for Corporate Area


Added 08 July 2019


Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica. (JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday announced that a state of emergency has been declared in the Corporate Area police division of St Andrew South.

Holness told journalists during a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, that he advised the Governor General Patrick Allen on the recommendation given to him by the heads of the security forces.

“In St Andrew South the main cause of death is caused by gangs. Violence is at epidemic proportions in Jamaica … the main cause of death is gangs, dons and guns,” the Prime Minister said.

From January 1 to June 29, this year, there were 94 murders in St Andrew South, up from 79 for the corresponding period last year.

Currently, there is a state of emergency in effect in the western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James.

In January, a year-long state of public emergency expired in St James.

In describing the overall crime situation nationally, especially relative to murders, Holness declared that, “This is an epidemic and no one should tell that the country should be satisfied with it”.

“The truth is that the level of crime is above the capacity of law enforcement to (effectively) respond. There have been 11 000 murders in the last eight years, and we do not have enough investigators,” said Holness.

“The Government is employing not just one strategy, but a raft of strategies that must complement each other,” he added. (CMC)



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