Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a State of Emergency for the Kingston Eastern Police Division.
The Prime Minister made the announcement a short while ago
Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson says there has been rampant criminality and threat to public safety in communities on the outskirts of the city.
The State of Emergency will include communities such as:
According to the Prime Minister, the security measure will be in force, initially for 14 days as provided for under the Emergency Powers Act.
Before the expiration of that period, the Parliament may grant an extension.
This morning’s announcement pushes to four the number of states of emergency now in effect covering six parishes:
St Andrew South
Clarendon and St Catherine
St James, Westmoreland and Hanover
The previously announces states of emergency are all scheduled to expire next month.
The Opposition has been unwilling to support the extension of the measures say they have become useless as crime fighting tools.
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