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  • Residents of St. James and Hanover have welcomed the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) now in place in three western parishes.
  • The enhanced security measure was declared in both parishes along with Westmoreland by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on Tuesday (April 30).
  • Several persons in Montego Bay, St. James, and Lucea, Hanover, who spoke with JIS News on May 2, lauded the Government on the decision, describing it as a necessary intervention to arrest the upsurge in crime and violence, particularly murders, in the region.

Residents of St. James and Hanover have welcomed the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) now in place in three western parishes.

The enhanced security measure was declared in both parishes along with Westmoreland by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on Tuesday (April 30).

Several persons in Montego Bay, St. James, and Lucea, Hanover, who spoke with JIS News on May 2, lauded the Government on the decision, describing it as a necessary intervention to arrest the upsurge in crime and violence, particularly murders, in the region.

Residents of St. James, where the SOE initially ran from January 18, 2018 to January 31, 2019, have given its reinstatement their stamp of approval.

Dainielle Fender, Farm Heights – “I am pleased with the return… we really need it, especially with the business community coming under attack. I think that it is a move that is the best option”.

Dainielle Fender, Farm Heights

 

Kerry-Ann Watson, Montego Bay – “I am happy for the SOE. There was an upsurge in crime and I feel a little bit more comfortable knowing that the security forces are out in full force”.

Noel Thompson, Catherine Hall – “The SOE is good, but the security forces need to go into the communities (in the parishes) to find guns (that may be there)”.

Noel Thompson , Catherine Hall

 

Meanwhile, several residents of Hanover are also applauding the decision to implement the SOE in the parish citing it as greatly needed.

Charisse Robinson, Malcolm Heights -“I welcome any initiative that may create some amount of change. It might not, at the end of the day, solve all the problems that we are having. But anything that can be used to minimize what is going on now, I welcome it”.

Omar Vaccianna, Negril, Hanover – “To be truthful, (with) the amount of crime going on (the SOE) was needed. They need to catch the persons committing the crimes so law-abiding persons can go about their business. It’s a good thing… it’s a very good thing. I feel safer… I do not want it to stop”.

Omar Vaccianna, Negril, Hanover

 

Arlene Smith, Chambers Pen – “We are glad for what they (the security forces) are doing, as long as it is carried out in the right way”.

 

Arlene Smith, Chambers Pen

The States of Public Emergency will give the security forces temporary additional powers to conduct searches, detain persons without warrants, curtail operating hours of businesses, and restrict individuals’ access to specified places.