Hanover, West­more­land JPs to get ZOSO train­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: PLANS ARE afoot for jus­tices of the peace (JPs) in Hanover and West­more­land to be trained so that they will be in a state of readi­ness to par­tic­i­pate in zones of spe­cial op­er­a­tions (ZOSO), the Gov­ern­ment’s lat­est ini­tia­tive to bat­tle crime.

The an­nounce­ment, which came days af­ter West­more­land’s cus­tos, Reverend Hart­ley Per­rin, ex­pressed pub­lic con­cern about the fact that JPs in West­more­land were not in a state of readi­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the ZOSO, should the need arise.

In out­lin­ing the plan to train the Hanover and West­more­land JPs, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Del­roy Chuck told The Gleaner in an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day that he planned to carry out train­ing ex­er­cises within the next two weeks.

“There are parishes where the train­ing of the JPs has not taken place as yet, es­pe­cially in West­more­land and Hanover. I am hop­ing that within the next two weeks, I can get to do Hanover and West­more­land,” Chuck told The Gleaner.

“So, even if a ZOSO was called in West­more­land or Hanover over the next few weeks, what I have told all the cus­todes is that within 48 hours of a zone be­ing called, I will be avail­able to do a fi­nal brief­ing to all the JPs and to in­tro­duce them to the ground com­man­ders,” added Chuck.

Prior to his exclusive in­ter­view with The Gleaner, Chuck con­ducted a ZOSO train­ing sem­i­nar with JPs from St James and Trelawny at the Roy­al­ton White Sands Re­sort in Trelawny.

JPs in St James have been ac­tive on the ground in Mt Salem, where the na­tion’s first ZOSO was launched two weeks ago. St James’ act­ing cus­tos, Claudette Bryan, says things have been go­ing smoothly in terms of the JPs play­ing their ex­pected roles.

Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing with the JPs in St James and Trelawny was de­signed to ed­u­cate them on their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with re­gard to the pro­tect­ing of cit­i­zens’ rights in the ZOSO.

CHUCK

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