Friday 18 October, 2019

It's no longer called a 'state of emergency' in St James - Montague

National Security Minister Robert Montague (second left) in discussion with Major General Rocky Meade (centre) while (from left) Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis and acting police commissioner Clifford Blake look on.

National Security Minister Robert Montague (second left) in discussion with Major General Rocky Meade (centre) while (from left) Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis and acting police commissioner Clifford Blake look on.

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the state of public emergency in St James will now be referred to as "enhanced security measures".

He made the declaration on Sunday, arguing that the "state of emergency" label projects a negative image overseas for Jamaica, which relies heavily on tourism.

"We want to make it very clear that after this (Sunday) afternoon, we will no longer refer in St James to the state of emergency. We are in the tourism capital. Tourism is the life blood. A state of emergency has negative connotations overseas and therefore, we would like to refer from hence forth to the enhanced security measures," the security minister declared.

He was addressing a stakeholders meeting in St James following a tour of the parish Sunday afternoon.

He toured communities such as Salt Spring, Norwood and Flankers before visiting  the Freeport lock up. 

St James recorded a total of 335 murders in 2017.

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