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12 May 2019 | 05:08 AM UTC

Jamaica: State of emergency extended in St. James parish until August 13 /update 1

Jamaica News Alert

State of emergency extended in St. James parish until August 13; heightened security presence and security operations to be expected over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/13/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Jamaica). COUNTRY/REGION Jamaica

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Event

The Jamaican government has extended the state of emergency in the parish of St. James until Tuesday, August 13. The decision comes after continued elevated rates of serious crimes, particularly murders.

A heightened security presence and security operations are to be expected in St. James parish over the coming weeks and months.

Context

States of Public Emergency have been implemented intermittently across multiple parishes, including St. James, since January 2018, due to rising crime rates. During 'states of emergency', police and military personnel are given the authority to search people and buildings, curtail business hours, and detain individuals without a warrant.

The Government of Jamaica has also designated Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), allowing police to implement curfews and conduct security operations on short notice. ZOSOs are currently active in Denham Town (Kingston) through June 18 and Mount Salem (Montego Bay) through July 8.

Advice

Individuals present in the aforementioned areas, and across greater Jamaica, 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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