The security apparatus of the Government has warned that security measures will be intensified for the next eight weeks leading up to and during the Yuletide season.
Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on Thursday, Security Minister Horace Chang said the government took the safety and security of law-abiding citizens seriously.
“Given the increased commercial activities in anticipation of the end of year festivities, in particular, this is a matter the government take very seriously and we are taking steps to effectively address it,” Chang said.
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said police presence would be ramped up in and around commercial areas and that uniformed and plainclothes officers would be everywhere, including on public transport.
“Criminals use this time as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of law-abiding citizens,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the current mandate of gang over guns, gangs and dons, would be intensified and that he gave those instructions to his divisional commanders during a high-level meeting on Monday.
Chang and Anderson were supported by the head of the army, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, who said the soldiers will also be out in their numbers both in commercial areas and in the troubled spots throughout the island.
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