PM announces new State of Public Emergency

March 18, 2018
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

A State of Public Emergency has been declared in the St Catherine North Police Division. The enhanced security measures took effect today Sunday March 18, 2018.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement this morning during a media briefing at Jamaica House.

The measures will last for an initial 14 days.

The State of Emergency comes against the background of increasing criminal activity including murders and extortion in the police division in particular the Spanish Town area.

Police statistics show that the St. Catherine North division has recorded the highest number of homicides this year with 48 persons being killed since January 1 to March 18.

Last year 136 persons were killed in the division.