Lower murder rate main marker of state of emergency impact – police commissioner

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson says the reduction in the country's murder figures is the most significant marker of the impact of the state of public emergency (SOE) now in force across five police divisions.

He was speaking a short while ago at sitting of the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament, which included Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade and Permanent Secretary in the National Security Ministry, Dianne McIntosh. The heads of the security forces were answering questions about the successes of the SOE.

The police commissioner insisted that it is significant that more than 140 less people have been killed in St James for example, during the period of the SOE.

He also argued that the fact that residents feel safer is a qualitative measure that is also of great importance.

As of Sunday sections of St Andrew South, Kingston Central, and Kingston Western were declared under a SOE by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. This is in addition to St James, and St Catherine North.

Alphea Saunders

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