Dr Horace Chang, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security is calling on citizens to support the recently announced States of Emergency (SOE) as the Government seeks to reduce the surge in violence in Hanover, Clarendon, and St James.
Earlier today (May 16) Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that SOEs were declared in the three parishes for 14 days, starting today.
“We call upon every citizen, not just those living in the affected areas, to support these security measures. By standing united, we will win the war on guns, gunmen, and gangs,” said Chang in a release.
The Government has been facing backlash from many citizens and the Opposition who believe the SOEs are an ineffective crime-fighting tool. However, the Government remains steadfast in its use of SOEs to reduce the surge of violence in different parts of the island.
Holness further emphasised the importance of citizen involvement in curbing violence.
“We must come together as a nation to fight against criminality. I urge every citizen to share information and fully cooperate with the security forces. Together, we can make Jamaica a safer place,” said the Prime Minister.
Holness then sought to reassure the public that the Government is committed to safeguarding the lives of innocent citizens.