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Police end St James curfew, to determine whether more needed

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:21 AM
There have been increased calls for curfews and other security operations in several St James communities as crime, particularly murders and shootings, continue to spiral.

The police have lifted the curfew they imposed in sections of Flanker and Mount Salem, St James last Friday.

Communication officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the police will be doing an assessment to determine whether more curfews are necessary.

 

JCF Communication Officer, Stephanie Lindsay

There have been increased calls for curfews and other security operations in several St James communities as crime, particularly murders and shootings, continue to spiral.

There have also been calls for a state of emergency to be declared in St James.

However, the Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has rejected that suggestion saying it will not fix the crime problem because it is being driven by social issues.

READ: Commissioner says state of emergency will not fix crime problem

The Commissioner's pronouncement has angered Government Senator Charles Sinclair who has called for his immediate resignation, saying the chief constable is "out of his depth".

READ: Gov't Senator says Commish out of his depth, demands immediate resignation

Since the start of the year, 129 people have been killed in St James, 24 more than the figure for the corresponding period last year.