As Final State of Emergency in Jamaica Expires, Citizens are Assured of a Strong Security Presence

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday January 31 2019 – With the last state of public emergency (SOE) that was in effect in Jamaica set to expire at the end of the day, government is seeking to assure that security forces will still maintain a strong presence.

The SOE in St James, which was declared by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in January 2018, will end today.

But speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Reid assured: “We are going to make sure there are numbers on the ground in terms of security forces; we are going to use all the resources available.”

He said more details will be revealed during this year’s Budget Debate “on our commitment to putting resources behind national security”.

“It is going to receive the highest priority in terms of funding,” Reid said.

“I want to assure the nation that notwithstanding limitations, we are going to work very hard to assure our citizens in St James and Jamaica, that Jamaica is a safe country for all our citizens.”

The SOE which was declared in St. Catherine North, ended on January 2, while the SOE in sections of the Corporate Area terminated on January 7.

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