Dr. Phillips said whereas it is government’s prerogative to declare States of Emergency (SoE), only lasting results will pronounce on their efficacy and effectiveness.
“The very fact that after more than one year after the SoE in St James, there has been this resurgence of criminal activity, underscores the fact that a SoE without other anti-crime measures that single out and target the producers and perpetrators of violence and bring them to justice will not provide the level of security that the country deserves.” Dr Phillips said.
The Opposition leader said the country still awaits the formal announcement of the other crime fighting measures which secure Jamaica in a sustainable way.
“We expect that the accompanying regulations will be announced along with the appropriate tribunal to ensure that the rights of the people are protected. We continue to insist that there is scope in others areas to utilise the Zones of Special Operations (ZoSO) which is a long term crime fighting measure given that there are communities of high criminal activities across the country, especially in the Corporate Area and Clarendon.” Dr Phillips said.
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