Timeline: St Catherine North State of Emergency

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division (especially Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk). The basis for the declaration was the spike in murders in these areas, and also the prevalence of gang activities. This is the second state of public emergency to be declared by the prime minister since the start of the year. Additionally, he has declared two separate communities as Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) – all in a concerted effort to clamp down on crime in the nation. Below is a timeline of the main stories and developments coming out of the St Catherine North State of Emergency, as reported by The Gleaner.

For greater background to the issue and clarity on what a state of emergency is:


Sunday, March 18, 2018 – St Catherine North SOE declared by PM Holness


Monday, March 19, 2018 – The clampdown begins in earnest


Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Saturday, March 24, 2018


Sunday, March 25, 2018


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Saturday, March 31, 2018


Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Thursday, April 5, 2018


Friday, April 6, 2018


Sunday, April 22, 2018