Jamaican authorities declared a state of emergency in parts of Kingston and St. Andrew parishes on Sunday, September 23, over recent shootings and other violence in the areas. Specifically, the state of emergency covers the police divisions of Kingston Central, Kingston Western, and St. Andrew South. A heightened security presence and security operations are to be expected in the areas over the coming weeks.
During states of emergency, police and military personnel are given the authority to search people and buildings, cut business hours, and detain individuals without a warrant.
Previously, a state of emergency was extended St. Catherine North until October 2. Another state of emergency in St. James parish has also been extended until October 31. Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) have also been issued for parts of Kingston which permit the military to participate in joint operations with police to counter violent crime.
Individuals present in the affected parishes, and those in Jamaica more generally, are advised to remain vigilant, follow all instructions issued by local authorities, and exercise basic security precautions (e.g. keep signs of wealth concealed, drive with doors locked and windows rolled up, etc.).
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