Saturday 21 September, 2019

States of emergency declared in Clarendon, St Catherine

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson addresses journalists at a press conference Tuesday to announce states of emergency in Clarendon and St Catherine. Also pictured (from left) are National Security Minister Horace Chang; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte and Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson addresses journalists at a press conference Tuesday to announce states of emergency in Clarendon and St Catherine. Also pictured (from left) are National Security Minister Horace Chang; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte and Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced states of public emergency in Clarendon and St Catherine to address the spiralling crime in those parishes.

Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday morning, Holness said the states of emergency will be in effect for between 14 days and three months.

“This should come as no surprise. The last time I was here, I said that the next time I am at this podium, a state of emergency would be in Clarendon. St Catherine is an addition to this,” Holness said.

Holness... This should come as no surprise.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said, year to date, the parish of Clarendon has been responsible for 100 murders while 91 persons have been killed in the St Catherine South Police Division and 66 in St Catherine North.

“The high level of violence has been undermining the lives of residents,” Anderson said.

He said the police would be placing a heavy emphasis on investigative strategy and technology.

“Our objectives are to maintain a low violence environment and to disrupt gang activity,” Anderson said.

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