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JAMAICA | While Bunting calls latest state of emergency a gimmick, Commish says its effective

Featured JAMAICA | While Bunting calls latest state of emergency a gimmick, Commish says its effective
KINGSTON, Jamaica July 8, 2019 - Former National Security Minister and aspirant for the post of PNP president,  Peter Bunting,  says the latest declaration of a State of Emergency is a public relations gimmick, as up to April 27 this year, murders were down by nine per cent without a State of Emergency in effect.
 
According to Bunting, the situation changed for the worse since the declaration of States of Emergency in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, as "since that time, murders are up 20 per cent nationally for that period since the states of emergency was declared. That cannot be seen as an effective national crime fighting strategy," he chided. 
 
 Bunting says  he is not hopeful about the latest state of emergency called "because what we're seeing is really an ineffective use of the resources of the JCF and of the JDF."
 
Anderson holness chang meade 828Yesterday, Police Commissioner Major General Anthony Anderson, in outlining his rationale for the state of emergency in Southern St. Andrew, said the high level of violent crime being experienced in the St. Andrew South (SAS) division, particularly within the past two months, is at a scale and nature such that it greatly endangers public safety.
 
He said "the division has historically been one of the most violent regions in the country, with over 25 gangs currently engaged in deadly inter and intra-gang conflicts. Already since the start of 2019, the division has recorded the highest numbers of murders (94) and shootings (98) among police divisions in Jamaica. This murder figure is 33% percent greater than Clarendon’s 72 - the division with the second highest number of murders. Murders have increased by 19 percent while shooting incidents by 40% over 2018."
 
He noted that "gang warfare has restricted the free movement of citizens and has caused the disruption of livelihood in sections of the division. The fear that is associated with this level of violence has undermined the daily lives of these communities and the residents."
 
"As a consequence and in consultation with the Chief of Defence Staff, " the Commissioner said " we requested that a state of public emergency be declared in the St Andrew South police division. As has been demonstrated through previous and current SOEs, this methodology has been very effective in reducing violent crime.  A SOE allows us to utilize our resources in a more effective manner. This is achieved while simultaneously reducing violent confrontations with the security forces."
 
"By way of update, we have seen reductions in murders in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover of 65%,76% and 56% respectively when compared with the two months prior to the declaration of the tri-parish SOE.  Like St. James, St. Andrew South is identified as a division with a violent crime situation that calls for the implementation of a SOE," he declared.
 
The police commissioner observed that "As a consequence and in consultation with the Chief of Defence Staff we requested that a state of public emergency be declared in the St Andrew South police division. As has been demonstrated through previous and current SOEs, this methodology has been very effective in reducing violent crime.  A SOE allows us to utilize our resources in a more effective manner. This is achieved while simultaneously reducing violent confrontations with the security forces.
 
By way of update, we have seen reductions in murders in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover of 65%,76% and 56% respectively when compared with the two months prior to the declaration of the tri-parish SOE.  Like St. James, St. Andrew South is identified as a division with a violent crime situation that calls for the implementation of a SOE."
 
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