Friday 22 March, 2019

St Catherine business community concerned after end of SOE

Members of the security forces at a checkpoint in Spanish Town, St Catherine during the state of emergency.

Members of the security forces at a checkpoint in Spanish Town, St Catherine during the state of emergency.

Dennis Robotham, president of the St Catherine Chamber of Commerce, has intimated that the business community is “concerned but not fearful” in the aftermath of the discontinuation of the state of emergency in St Catherine North,  one of the the bloodiest police divisions in the island before the security measure.

“We are concerned but not fearful of what will happen going forward. The state of emergency was working so well, the business sector had got comfortable with it, and the consumers and the wider community had adjusted to the SOE and things had begun to gel in a way that was conducive for the business environment," Robotham told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. 

"So we hope that the alternatives (to the SOE) will maintain what has already been started, and which was successful in curtailing the gun violence,” he said. 

The security forces are still maintaining their presence in St Catherine North where a state of emergency (SOE) ended Wednesday, January 2.

A curfew has been imposed in sections of the division. It began 6 pm Wednesday and will remain in effect until 6 pm on Friday, January 4. 

“We hope that the authorities will double up with their covert ops and other crime fighting measures to ensure the continued reduction in crime,” Robotham said. 

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