Jamaica’s New Top Cop Says States of Public Emergency Helping Reduce Murders

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday March 21, 2018
– Jamaica’s newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, says the States of Public Emergency now in place in two parishes are “progressing apace” and the operations are assisting in reducing murders.

A slew of murders and rampant crime in parts of the southeastern parish of St Catherine prompted authorities to declare a State of Public Emergency on Sunday, on the heels of a State of Public Emergency in St James, which was declared in January and has been extended until May 2.

“In the first one in St James, the number of murders has gone down tremendously, and in St Catherine, we expect the same thing to happen,” said Anderson, who took office on Monday.

“The fact is, we created a state of emergency there (St James) because of what was happening, and those numbers have dropped tremendously in Montego Bay since.”

The top cop explained that the States of Emergency enable the security forces to undertake critical activities that they would not have been able to do previously.

The Commissioner emphasized that “sustained pressure” by the security forces is integral to maintaining law and order in key areas.

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