Saturday 20 October, 2018

Security forces advise of SOE restrictions in St Catherine

The security forces have issued an appeal for relatives of individuals who are detained in security operations in the St Catherine North Police Division, to co-operate with them as they seek to speedily process the detainees.

The appeal that was sent out by the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) , advised persons who have been detained under the state of emergency that is now on in the division, to expected to be processed within the first 24 hours of the operation, and those who the police have no further interest in, will be released.

The communication said relatives of persons who are not released, may take items of clothing and toiletries for them at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Facility, where all detainees will be held.

The security forces said they are committed to upholding the human rights and dignity of all the detainees, and said persons who are not associated with detainees should avoid visiting the facility, in order to prevent unnecessary challenges.

The correspondence also advised persons residing in or visiting St Catherine, to always have a valid form of identification (ID) when leaving their homes.

The police have also advised persons that vehicular checkpoints have been set up in the operational areas, and as such, delays should be expected.

In order to minimise inconvenience, persons who do not have to conduct business within Spanish Town during peak hours, are urged to use alternative routes.

The correspondence also advised of the applicable closing hours for businesses within Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk during the state of emergency.

These are:

* Community recreational Areas by 6:00 p.m.

* Cook shops, supermarkets, groceries and haberdasheries by 7:00 p.m.

* Spirit license premises by 9:00 p.m.

* Service stations by 10:00 p.m.

* Clubs and fast food outlets by 10:00 p.m.

The notice said the curtailment of activities will be done in accordance with, and with respect to human rights, and the citizens are encouraged to co-operate with the security forces as they seek to restore public peace and general good order in the society.

The police cautioned members of the public to be in full adherence of the restrictions, and advised that violators will be prosecuted.

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