The Opposition People’s National Party PNP says the party notes the declaration of Mount Salem and its environs in St. James as the first special operations zone under the Zones of Special Operations Bill passed in the parliament in July.
The party says it expects, as the act provides, that the rights of residents in this defined area of special operations will not be breached and that law-abiding citizens will be afforded free movements for the duration of the 60 days, in the first instance.
With schools to be opened in a few days, the party is urging that special attention be given to the movement and safety of children and parents.
In the meantime, the PNP is urging all citizens to obey the instructions and cooperate fully with members of the security forces and they are also calling on the residents to provide the necessary information to the security forces to advance the fight against crime.
The party says it will be monitoring all areas of special operations for abuse and to determine the effectiveness of the move, both from a security and social intervention stand point, which will share as warranted with the public.
In addition, the party says it has assembled a legal team to investigate any report of abuse.
The numbers to reach the team are (876) 371-zoso or 361-9676.
The phone line will be activated as of Monday, September 4.