The St James Chapter of the Jamaica Labour Party affiliate Generation 2000 (G2K) has expressed shock at the unabated rise in murders in the city.
"This is madness. In less than 48 hours, we have had nine murders, including three women. It is as if we, the people, are under siege with criminals free to run wild through the streets of Montego Bay having no regard for the police," said Dwight Crawford, chairman of G2K West.
"We cannot continue on this path. Not only is the crime rate a threat to the people of St James, but to our tourism sector, which provides a lifeline for most of our people," added Crawford.
He argued that it is clear that the police require much more support in the form of resources from the Government and information from the residents to be effective.
G2K West called upon the police to strengthen their community-policing programmes in order to restore confidence and boost their information-gathering skills.
The organisation also urged the minister of national security, Peter Bunting, to provide the police with the necessary resources to enable them to effectively tackle the criminal elements.