The Jamaica government will call out the national reserves to enhance security in the coming months to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addressing the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new multi-million dollar police station in Mount Salem, St James, on the north-west end of the island, said that the decision to call out the Jamaica National Reserve was taken during a National Security Council meeting.
“We have decided that in order to support the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) in their efforts for a surge, that we will make a full call out of the National Reserve to augment the force presence that we have in communities all across Jamaica,” he said.
“Even though this will be a muted Christmas season, we are still expecting that there will be significant commercial activity over and beyond what happened for the rest of the year, and so we are going to ensure that space in which commercial activity takes place that those spaces are also safe.”
Holness added that the measure, which is aimed at curbing crime through security force occupation of vulnerable communities and preserving human rights, is to undergo a study that will hopefully result in it becoming a model for other countries.