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  • National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says there will be sustained presence of the security forces in St. James as the Government undertakes measures to tackle the crime wave in the parish.
  • He informed that work on the old Cornwall Dairy complex in Montpelier, St. James, will commence soon to provide a base for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in that area.
  • “You will find in the coming days as we move into phase two of our operation… the security forces will maintain a presence right across Montego Bay and into St. James... and, therefore, we will be asking for the cooperation of our citizens as the security forces move to bring the situation to heel,” he added.

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says there will be sustained presence of the security forces in St. James as the Government undertakes measures to tackle the crime wave in the parish.

He made the disclosure at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister’s Montego Bay office on September 25.

He informed that work on the old Cornwall Dairy complex in Montpelier, St. James, will commence soon to provide a base for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in that area.

Mr. Montague said that “in dealing with the situation in Montego Bay, we have first moved to bring stability to the area, and the security forces are now moving to treat with the situation in a very strategic way.”

“You will find in the coming days as we move into phase two of our operation… the security forces will maintain a presence right across Montego Bay and into St. James… and, therefore, we will be asking for the cooperation of our citizens as the security forces move to bring the situation to heel,” he added.

In seeking the cooperation and patience of the citizens, the National Security Minister reiterated the position that Jamaica’s crime problem did not happen overnight and, therefore, has to be addressed in a multifaceted manner.

He said efforts are being made to acquire more vehicles, and instructions have been given for repairs to more than 30 motor vehicles, with work to start today (September 26)

“The army has also brought in a number of their equipment and they are moving around, giving the reassurance to the citizens (that) we are here (and) we care about you,” he pointed out.

The National Security Minister informed that the Government is taking steps to employ a pathologist to be assigned to Montego Bay.

He informed that police will also have the assistance of legal minds and other experts in investigating and building cases in order to secure convictions.