Everton Jackson, pastor of the Calvary Circuit of Churches
With 10 people murdered in St. James up to February 9 this year, pastor of the Calvary Circuit of Churches Everton Jackson is worried that criminals were simply on pause, awaiting the end of the State of Emergency.
The anti-crime measure ended on January 31.
Twelve people were murdered in the parish during the same period last year.
Speaking with RJR News on Thursday during a march against gender based violence in St. James, Reverend Jackson said crime has accelerated.
Reverend Jackson said it is unfortunate that so soon after the end of the state of emergency, violence has erupted in certain communities.
Reverend Jackson, who is also Chairman of the Peace Management Initiative Western, has called for residents and other stakeholders to join the fight to take back their communities and not "sit back and politicise this monster called crime and violence."