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#StJamesSOE: St James Central MP endorses state of emergency

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Member of Parliament for St James Central Heroy Clarke is encouraging his constituents to endorse the Public State of Emergency and to fully cooperate with the security forces on the ground.

Clarke, a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, is urging the support the government in its effort to alleviate the crime situation in the parish.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday declared a state of public emergency in St James.

Some 335 murders were recorded last year and at least four people have been murdered in that western parish since the start of the year.

Clarke stated that as a result of the crime wave experience in Central St James and the entire parish as a whole for 2017, he wished to reiterate the need for a state of emergency.

He however made it clear that with respect of the human rights of the constituents of St James Central that although law enforcement agents are trained in human rights, both the residents and the law enforcement agents on the ground must treat each other with the highest level of respect for the state of emergency to achieve its stated objectives.

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