In the wake of a deadly weekend in which bloodthirsty gangsters snuffed out the lives of 25 Jamaicans and left several nursing injuries, the State has pledged to ramp up the fight against crime and rein in the raw brutality.
In St James, where six persons were killed in Norwood and Salt Spring, Senior Superintendent Vernon Ellis, who heads the police division, is calling for a reinstatement of a state of emergency (SOE) or a security initiative with similar powers to help officers get a grip on the violence.
On Monday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, who is also member of parliament (MP) for St James North Western, visited the area seeking to assure residents that every effort is being made to restore calm and bring the criminals to justice.
“I would like to point out that the security forces are active in the parish,” he said, pointing out that a curfew in Quarry had just been lifted when a double murder happened. “They have had five curfews in Montego Bay since January, and Cambridge, Montego Bay, and Barrett Town are covered by heavy security presence.”