KINGSTON, Jamaica. December 15, 2018: The People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson, says he has received assurances from the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson that the Joint Command will maintain its presence in St James and other areas where the emergency powers have been declared to curtail the scourge of crime and violence.
In a news release today, Mr. Jackson said he sought the assurance at a meeting he requested with the Commissioner yesterday, which was held at the offices of Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Jackson said he is pleased with the general and specific tone of the discussion and believes that efforts will be made by the High Command to maintain the upper-hand against the criminal elements.
In addition, Mr. Jackson said, the Commissioner agreed not to reduce the presence level of personnel or the intensity of the operations in the affected areas when the present extension expires. The resources and assets presently deployed in the SOE areas will be maintained.
The PNP Shadow Minister said the Police Commissioner and himself exchanged views on a range of other national security issues and agreed that these discussions will continue.
In the meantime, the island's Private sector groups say they have obtained a commitment from the government and opposition to have dialogue in relation to the impending end of the states of emergency.
In a release, head of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Howard Mitchell said the groups will be holding the members of parliament responsible for arriving at a unified approach by returning to parliament and resolving the impasse in short order.
"The people of Jamaica would like to be assured that the government...meaning the ruling administration and the opposition party, are taking care of us as that is their responsibility... So we would like to know that there is not disunity about how the security affairs of the country are managed. So we are calling on both sides to remember that there are people out there that are scared and uncertain, which means we must act with maturity and judgement in resolving this impasse," Mr. Mitchell urged.