Bunting says St James State of Emergency not the answer to crime problem
The Opposition spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting says a state of emergency is not the answer to the crime problem in St James.
However, he says the parish urgently requires a solution.
Bunting reiterated that the Government should convene a high level stakeholder summit of policymakers, including the Opposition, heads of the security forces, and the private sector and civil society groups to craft an emergency response to address the issue.
The murder rate in St James has skyrocketed to nearly 200 the start of the year.
Bunting says St James has outstripped all other parishes on an annualised basis recording 144 murders per 100,000 people.
He says this is more than three times the rate for the other parishes.
At a press conference this afternoon, Bunting reiterated that vehicular and other resources should be deployed to Area One which covers St James to reflect the geographic shift in crime.
He says the Opposition agrees with the Economic Growth Council that improving citizen security is the single most important growth-inducing reform that the country can undertake.