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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday September 27, 2015 – Despite a spike in violent crime in western Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is not considering declaring a limited State of Emergency – at least not yet.

He said he remains confident the security forces have the capacity to effectively address the problems.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a spike in gun violence – resulting in death in some instances – in the western parish of St. James.

“The Government is not afraid to call a State of Emergency but at this point, a State of Emergency, in my mind, is not a tool that needs to be deployed. I think the police force has the capacity, our army has the capacity…I think with the other strategies and plans we have in place, we will be improving the capacity of the police and the army to respond,” Holness said at a press conference that followed a meeting between the Prime Minister and the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Defence Force and other key security stakeholders to discuss crime-fighting strategies.

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