Thursday 12 December, 2019

Cameras for court complexes nationally following bomb threats - Chuck

Delroy Chuck

Delroy Chuck

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has announced that closed-circuit cameras will be installed at court complexes across the island in a bid to counter the increasing number of bomb threats.

Chuck was speaking to members of the media following his address at the installation of 22 justices of the peace (JP) in Falmouth, Trelawny last Friday.

The minister’s reaction came after two bomb threats at the Trelawny Parish Court in Duncans, and the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court at Half-Way Tree recently. Since then the threats have shifted to the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston and lastly, the St Catherine Parish Court in Spanish Town.

A Jamaica Fire Brigade truck parked outside the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Monday following a bomb threat at the facility.

"Even as they turned out to be hoaxes in both courts (Duncans and Half-Way Tree), but that’s something that should not really happen, and what we plan in reaction to that, is that we are going to put in cameras across each court complex; ideal cameras that can detail what happens 24 hours per day," Chuck said.

"So we can always search what happens in any space 24 hours per day. So that very shortly, all of the court complexes will have cameras detailing what is happening in each courtroom, in each corner of the court, and around the court, so I hope that will certainly be able to identify any movement that may happen,” he elaborated.

"Because these cameras are such that it identifies any movement, so if there is a movement say at night, we can identify what is happening. I hope that will avoid similar occurrences, which as I said, turned out to be fake," Chuck added.

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