Government refining special zones list
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that many Jamaican communities currently fit the main criteria for being declared special zones for security operations and the list will have to be further narrowed down based on the availability of resources.
The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) law was passed in Parliament on July 11.
It stipulates that an area can only be so declared if there is rampant criminality, gang warfare, escalating violence and murder and the threat to the rule of law and public order.
However, speaking with journalists yesterday in Arnett Gardens, St Andrew, Mr Holness said a number of communities fit the criteria:
Mr. Holness did not name any of the areas being considered for special attention from the security forces.
However, he said the Government is moving quickly to have the zones implemented.
Holness was speaking yesterday after he visited the mother of 17-year-old Micholle Moulton, who was slain as she slept in bed with her 12-year-old sister, who was also injured.
The Special Zones of Operation Act represents the latest response from the Government to quell the spiralling murder rate.
It allows the security forces to move into certain communities and allows them to search places, vehicles or persons with or without a warrant.