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PNP councillors in St James want 'even fuller' deployment of security personnel

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) councillors in the St James Municipal Corporation are requesting an “even fuller” detachment of security personnel to fight crime in affected sections of the parish, subsequent to the Opposition's vote against further extensions of the state of public emergency (SOE).

The councillors, who expressed support for the party's vote in a statement this evening, said while they welcomed the overall situation of crime reduction that has been achieved under the SOE during the course of this year, they “are deeply concerned that of the 3,687 detained in inhumane conditions up to October 30, only four per cent have been charged”.

“We are further distressed that of the 139 persons charged, forty of them were with minor offences including ganja, noise nuisance, overstaying and exposing goods in n vending areas, while serious crimes had the parish under siege in 2017” continued the four councillors — Michael Troupe (Granville), Gladston Bent (Catadupa), Kerry Thomas (Mount Salem), and Sylvan Reid (Salt Spring).

They made specific reference to the fact that most of the crime reduction measures can be implemented under the provisions of the JCF Act and so urge the government to maintain the police and military detachment in St James.

The councillors suggested that since the cordons and searches could be done without the SOE, under which citizens are detained indefinitely, all efforts should be made to ensure the continuation of police and JDF saturation.

This, they said, would eliminate the possibility of branding thousands of young men as criminals, making them face the prospect of losing jobs without being charged for any crime.

“This only creates a bigger breeding ground for crime”, the councillors said

“Consequently, we therefore, strongly recommend an even fuller deployment of police and military personnel in the affected communities to carry out all of the measures associated with the reduction in crime,” the statement continued.

With the Opposition's vote, the SOE would remain in place until January 31, 2019.

Read more:Vote against SOE does not mean security forces have to be removed — PNP

Gladston Bent—Catadupa

Kerry Thomas—Mount Salem

Michel Troupe —Granville

Sylvan Reid — Salt Spring

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