In a statement this afternoon, Mr. Jackson said he wishes to remind the government of specific commitments given last month by the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson to maintain or even increase security levels in the areas. He says the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) regards this as a solemn commitment.
Mr. Jackson said he was happy that a meeting of security experts was convened yesterday to plan anti-crime strategies and enhanced security in the absence of the State of Emergency. He said he looked forward to tangible results.
Mr. Jackson expressed hope that in addition to on the ground security operations, human and financial resources will be devoted to improving the investigative capacity of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to build court cases against gangs, gang leaders and known violence producers.
The Opposition Shadow Minister urged the Joint Forces to roll out its operational plans to the fullest possible extent as criminals should take no comfort in the ending of the States of Emergency at various times during the month of January.
He proposed that the use of cordons and curfews be stepped up in the St. Catherine North area to maintain the gains of the intense security presence, which has been in place since March of last year.
Mr. Jackson reminded that all security operations carried out during the States of Emergency, with the exception of arbitrary detention without recourse to the courts, were possible under existing legislation. He said that the Emergency Powers Act could not be extended without violating the Constitution as the prescribed conditions do not exist.
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