National Reserves called out amid crime wave
The National Reserves have been called out to boost security presence in St. James as well as in other hot spots across the island.
The announcement that the reserved soldiers have been called out was made the minister of national security, Robert Montague.
“We did not come to this place overnight, but we will recover our public spaces, but as a nation we must redouble our efforts to correct some of the social and economic shortcomings if we are to once and for all permanently deal with crime and violence in this nation,” Montague said.
Montague has also declared that calm has been restored in the second city.
St James has been bleeding heavily, recording nearly 200 murders since the start of the year. Several persons were shot in Montego Bay, St James on Thursday, many of whom were attacked by gunmen travelling in a motorcar.
Montague said that the primary suspect, as well as another person of interest, has been captured by members of the security forces.
He also said that the motor vehicle that was used in some of the incidents has also been seized by the police.
Minister Montague has called on citizens and residents to cooperate with the security forces, who have been urged to observe and respect the rights and welfare of ordinary Jamaicans.
“I have been assured by the Commissioner of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff that all security personnel have been adequately briefed on how to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism when engaging with citizens,” said minister Montague.