A full military-police operation began early this morning following the deployment of a full detachment of soldiers of the Jamaica Defence Force and police from the Mobile Reserve to Montego Bay.
Its understood that they will be further deployed to the troubled areas of the parish to include the communities of Flanker, Cambridge, Retrieve, Bickersteth, Salt Spring and Granville among other areas.
The details of the operation are not immediately available.
However, it is in response to a surge in shootings and murders in the western parish.
The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt.
Speaking in Mandeville Manchester at the 50th Anniversary of Fontana Pharmacy yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressed the matter of crime affecting the country indicating that the crime fighting measures will be firm and resolute.
“We have reached the point where we are prepared to take these firm and resolute measures to ensure that the crime monster does not destabilise the promising future that is in store for Jamaica,” said Holness.
He said the fight against crime is not just the police or the government and observed that it will take everyone to reach the point of understanding that the government must act and act in a resolute fashion with respect for the rights and dignity of the people.
The Prime Minister went on to say that the government must now put in place the laws and the measures to deal with those who are destabilizing the country.
“The truth is that the people who are committing the crime is a minute percentage. 99% of Jamaican’s are decent law abiding upstanding people who want to see this country grow and prosper,” Holness declared.
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