Category: Crime and Security

Timeline: ZOSO 2 (Denham Town) – Jamaica’s Second Zone of Special Operations

On October 17, 2017, Denham Town was declared Jamaica’s second zone of special operations (#ZOSO) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a press conference at Jamaica House.  In continuation of our tracking of the operations as it unfolds, we’ve decided

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What is Jamaica’s Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC)?

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Security Programme Oversight Committee was launched at the Ministry of National Security’s head office in Kingston. The Ministry of National Security’s press release on the launch described the committee’s formation as “a step for

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All You Need To Know About Jamaica’s Drug Treatment Courts

What is a drug treatment court? The drug treatment court is not quite like other courts in Jamaica. It’s primary purpose is to help with the reduction of drug abuse in the island. A drug treatment court is designed with

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Timeline: Tracking #ZOSO – Jamaica’s Zones of Special Operations – from Inception to Execution

Much has transpired in Jamaica since the suggestion of what is now being called #ZOSO: Zones of Special Operations. The suggestion was first made by Government as a crime-fighting measure near the start of 2017 after an alarming increase in

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What We Know So Far About Jamaica’s First Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO)

On Friday, September 1, 2017, in a press conference at Jamaica House, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the nation’s first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO): Mount Salem and its environs. The St James communities will remain a ZOSO for the

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What is Hard Labour – Straight from Jamaica’s Lawbooks

You may have seen or heard of an accused person being sentenced to ‘hard labour’ by a judge in a courtroom setting. But, as is often the case, you may not have ever stopped to query what that means. In

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Traffic Charges in Jamaica

Robert Montague, Jamaica’s minister of national security, recently made the announcement in Parliament that the Government would offer motorists traffic ticket amnesty as of July 1, 2017. The amnesty will run for 60 days thereafter. Below is a list of

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What Are ‘Zones of Special Operations’? – In Layman’s Terms

‘Zones of Special Operations’ has been a buzz phrase in Jamaica recently. These ‘zones’ were part of a Bill proposed by Government in an effort to tighten security in the nation. What inspired the Bill? The first half of 2017

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#Infographic: What is Preventative Detention (in layman’s terms)

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#diGDebate: Preventative Detention in Jamaica

In a press conference at Jamaica House on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that as part of its effort to deter crime, and especially domestic violence, the police would be implementing preventative detention. What is preventative detention? According to