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Media asked to delay entering Denham Town ZOSO

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hours after Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a section of Denham Town in Kingston the second zone of special operation (ZOSO), the joint security force is asking the media to delay entering the community until certain procedures are dealt with.

Head of Jamaica Defence Force Civil Cooperation and Media Affairs, Major Basil Jarrett made the request shortly after midday.

The second ZOSO was announced at a press conference at Jamaica House this morning as the government updated the country on the it's crime initiative.

“Whereas this particular ZOSO is no different from Mount Salem in terms of the three phases of the operation — the emphasis on social intervention and community development — whereas that remain the same, this is a much different area much different community.

"Denham Town has been a hotspot for some time. There are at least 12 gangs in this community that we have been tracking. These gangs are dangerous, they are violent, and they are unpredictable.

"As a result, we are asking that the media allow the security forces to get in and establish some sort of presence and control in the area before they can get the sort of freedom of movement that they enjoyed while they were in Mount Salem, (which was declared the country's first ZOSO on September 1).

"It is for your safety, obviously, but at the same time we want to be able to provide the protection for you as you are operating here,” Jarrett explained.

Thee Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.

Security operations within an area declared a ZOSO can last up to 60 days.

Racquel Porter

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