Sunday 7 June, 2020

Gov't must explore extending heavy security presence in St James - AG

Marlene Malahoo Forte

Marlene Malahoo Forte

Attorney General and West Central St James MP, Marlene Malahoo Forte says Government may need to explore what's required to extend the heavy security presence in the parish beyond the Zone of Special Operations in Mount Salem.

"The government will have to take a look at what is required to extend that presence as far and wide as possible because, within the zone, persons are reporting unprecedented peace, no shootings (and) no killings, but outside of it we are seeing a flare up," she said.

Malahoo Forte made the remarks immediately after another fatal shooting in the parish on Wednesday night. 

Murders are up nearly 20 per cent in St James since the start of the year, with more than 255 persons killed in the parish in 2017.

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