Chang hails security forces for work during ongoing SOE
Dr Horace Chang
National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, has said murders have shot down to two since the declaration of the recent state of emergency (SOE) in three western parishes, and hailed members of the security forces for their efforts during the security measure.
"The work of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the police force in this region has been exceptional over the past few weeks, and the time and effort they have given to it have to be commended," the security minister remarked.
He noted that prior to the declaration of the state of emergency in Westmoreland, Hanover and St James on April 30, the three parishes were collectively recording an average of two murders per day.
Dr Chang was speaking at the official opening of the JDF’s new Burke Barracks in Providence, St James on Tuesday.
National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, and Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General, Rocky Meade, in the company of other officials, cut the ribbon to officially open the JDF’s Burke Barracks in Providence, Montego Bay, St James on Tuesday.
The facility forms part of a two-phased project valued at some $1.6 billion to provide accommodation for members of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, whose operations have been relocated from Up Park Camp to St James.
The initial phase of the project, which has a $708 million price tag, involves land reclamation, the construction of a two-storey accommodation building and a sewage treatment system to house 264 persons.
"Phase two, which cost $896 million, involves the construction of a second two-storey building to accommodate 264 persons," Dr Chang outlined.