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JFJ director says no to a State of Emergency

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Executive Director of Jamaica for Justice Jamaicans For Justice Horace Levy believes there are better solutions to curb crime than to declare a State of Emergency.

Executive Director of Jamaica for Justice Jamaicans For Justice Horace Levy is against calls for a State of Emergency in St James to help curb the crime problem there.

Following the shooting of some 20 people in the parish last week, the Police Commissioner Carl Williams was criticised for rejecting calls for a State of Emergency saying it would not solve the crime problem in the parish.

However, the commissioner has since said the authorities could reconsider the option for a state of emergency.

But, speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Levy said the idea of a State of Emergency is harmful for tourism, and sector leaders are against it.

 

Executive Director of JFJ Horace Levy

He believes there are better solutions to curb crime than to declare a State of Emergency, one of which is to flood the affected areas with police personnel and to institute curfews on the necessary communities.

Levy also says the JFJ will be meeting to formulate an official position of the calls for a State of Emergency.