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JLP councillor bashes $107m spent on Ocho Rios CCTV cameras

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor caretaker for the Ocho Rios division, Michael Belnavis, says the $107 million spent to install closed circuit television (CCTV) in the resort town should have been better spent.

“I don’t believe the returns from it will warrant the investment,” Belnavis argued.

“It’s doomed to failure if they are looking to catch criminals. If they are targeting harassers they don’t need cameras as we know who the harassers are,” Belnavis asserted, in a release to the media.

Belnavis said the $107 million would have been better spent in assisting the Ocho Rios health centre, repairing the Ocho Rios craft market, or addressing some of the social needs of communities in and around the resort town.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) contributed $57 million of the amount spent to install the cameras, with the Ministry of National Security providing the rest.

The system was handed over to the police last week in a ceremony at the Ocho Rios police station.

Ocho Rios now joins Montego Bay, Mandeville and May Pen as towns where the CCTV is installed.