The opposition People's National (PNP) says it's not opposed to the State of Emergency St Catherine, declared on Sunday morning by Prime Minister Andrew Holness..
PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson gave his reaction on RJR's weekly new review porogramme, That's a Rap, this afternoon.
“No we are not surprised at it but we are not opposed to it either. There are some lessons learned from the St. James State of Emergency which I hope will be implemented early in this State of Emergency. Certainly in the rights of persons who are detained and to ensure that the facilities that persons are detained in - meet the basic requirments…..so we are not opposed to the State of Emergency,” Robinson said.
The St Catherine North Police division covers a significant portion of the the parish of St. Catherine which adjoins the Kingston Metropolitan Area to the west.
Acting Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake, joining the Prime Minister at the Jamaica House press conference for the announcement, declared that the move was important to stave off a growing threat to the rule of law.
He reported that there had been 48 murders in the police division so far this year, a significant increase over the numbers recorded during the corresponding period over the previous two years.
The State of Emergency covers several major towns in St. Catherine, including the parish capital, Spanish Town, Linstead, and Bog Walk.
There is already another State of Public Emergency in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, which has had the effect of significantly reducing serious crimes, particular murders.