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More than 300 people detained during SOEs - PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has disclosed that more than 300 people were detained under the States of Public Emergency which expire at midnight Monday.

Mr Holness, speaking Monday at a Jamaica Labour Party Central Executive Meeting at the party's headquarters in St Andrew, disclosed that roughly 50 people are still in custody. He said intelligence suggests they are violence producers with strong connections to criminal networks.

The Prime Minister also said his administration had taken note of the concerns raised by the Opposition regarding the regulations governing the States of Emergency.

He disclosed as well that the Government and Opposition agreed on aspects of the draft bill for enhanced security measures, but that they disagreed on the power of detention.

The re-drafted Enhanced Security Measures Act is expected to be tabled in January.

Mr Holness also announced that 300 new members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be deployed as part of efforts to reduce crime and violence across the island during the Yuletide season.