Saturday 7 December, 2019

JDF colonel appointed coordinator in National Security Advisor office

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left) shakes hands with Colonel Roderick Williams after a meeting on Tuesday. Also pictured are Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; and Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left) shakes hands with Colonel Roderick Williams after a meeting on Tuesday. Also pictured are Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; and Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Colonel Roderick Williams has been appointed coordinator in the Office of the National Security Advisor.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness Wednesday morning via his official twitter page.

According to the tweet, Colonel Williams will lead the “intensified implementation phase” of Plan Secure Jamaica, which is the Government's multifaceted approach to crime fighting.

'Plan Secure Jamaica' has been bandied about in recent days and follows the decision of the parliamentary Opposition in December to withdraw its support for three states of emergency.

This has dealt a major blow to a key component of the Government’s crime-fighting measures as the SOEs have been credited with a 22 per cent decline in murders in 2018 when compared with the previous year.

However, having supported the emergency measure for one year (the first SOE was implemented in St James on January 18, last year) the Opposition has deemed them to be unconstitutional and has said they were no longer effective.

The SOE in the St Catherine North division ends on Wednesday while the Corporate Area SOE comes to an end next Monday, January 7. The St James SOE will end on January 31.

Major General Antony Anderson served as National Security Advisor to Holness until he was appointed Commissioner of Police on February 1, 2017.

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