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Police could reconsider declaring State of Emergency as crime spirals

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 9:54 AM

Police Commissioner Carl Williams says there is a strong possibility that authorities could reconsider declaring a State of Emergency amid a spike in crime in western Jamaica.

Following the shooting of some 20 people in St James last week, the police commissioner rejected calls for a State of Emergency in St James, adding that the measure will not solve the crime problem in the parish.

Since then, government senator Charles Sinclair has publicly called for the commissioner's resignation if he refuses to consider a state of emergency.

Speaking on RJR's Beyond The Headlines yesterday, the commissioner said the authorities had discussed a State of Emergency before last Friday when nine persons were shot in the New Ramble community.

He said if the violent trend continues, authorities may look at a State of Emergency for western Jamaica and other sections of the island that are plagued by violence.


Police Commissioner Carl Williams

Williams said he understands that a number of persons would like to see a State of Emergency but reiterated that it will only achieve results for a short period of time.