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Security forces should take the lead speaking on ZOSO, not politicians – Phillips

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 9:52 AMDebbie-Ann Wright
Dr Peter Phillips

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is insisting it’s the security forces which should take the lead in giving updates on activities in the zones of special operations (ZOSO) and not the political authorities.

He was speaking in Hanover yesterday, on the same afternoon Prime Minister Andrew Holness held a press conference on the first zone of special operation in neighbouring St James.

He said the government ran the risk of politicising crime fighting if information about the zones continues to come from politicians.

 

Phillips also said more clarity was needed in how the boundaries of the zone were selected.

He noted comments by residents in Mount Salem that the boundaries were selected based on flawed data.

Phillips said the security forces needed to take the lead in explaining the boundaries.

 

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips.

Holness has explained that Mount Salem was chosen as the first zone of special operations because of crime trends in the area.

He said the security forces decided to begin with areas where their efforts would have the most impact.

 

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