Arrangements being made to "process" detainees under St. Catherine North State of Emergency

Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade


Arrangements are being made for the processing of persons who have been detained since Sunday's declaration of the State of Public Emergency in crime plagued communities in sections of  the St. Catherine North police division.

It's unclear how many persons have been picked up so far.

A statement from the police says persons who have been detained are expected to be processed within the first 24-hours of the operation.

Those who the police have no further interest in, will be released.

Relatives of detainees who are not released may take items of clothing and toiletries for them at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Facility, where all detainees will be held.

The security forces say persons who are not associated with detainees should avoid visiting the facility in order to prevent unnecessary challenges.

Valid ID

With the State of Emergency now in effect, the police say persons residing in or visiting St. Catherine should always have a valid form of identification when leaving home.

The Police are also advising that vehicular checkpoints have been set up in the operational areas and therefore delays should be expected.

In order to minimize inconvenience persons who do not have to conduct business within Spanish Town during peak hours are being urged to use alternative routes.

A police/military team has been deployed to the area for an initial 14 days in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.   

JNSC participants 
Additionally, 241 participants in the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC) programme will be deployed to assist the security forces with operations in the St. Catherine North Police division.
This was disclosed by Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade, during a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday. 
General Meade argued that the participants' involvement is an important feature of security measures underway as they will learn from the soldiers.
The JNSC participants will be used primarily for operational support and administration, he said. 
The JNSC programme caters to young people, ages 18 to 23 years.
Upon completion, the participants are given the opportunity to continue as soldiers, join the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Department of Correctional Services or become security guards.



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