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ZOSOs extended for 60 days

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2022 | 12:11 AM

The House of Representatives has approved a 60-day extension of seven zones of special operations (ZOSOs) across Jamaica.

The areas are Denham Town, west Kingston; Norwood and Mount Salem, St James; Greenwich Town, Parade Gardens and August Town in St Andrew; and Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland.

The current ZOSOs will expire on December 22.

Resolutions for the extensions were moved by Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang during Tuesday’s sitting.

Mount Salem and Denham Town will continue into the build phase, while Greenwich Town, August Town, Norwood, Parade Gardens, and Savanna-la-Mar will remain at the hold stage.

Chang said areas under the ZOSO continue to record reductions in all major crimes.

The national security minister said 86 residents in Savanna-la-Mar are set to receive new birth certificates. Clean-up activities have been conducted.

“The Norwood ZOSO is earmarked for significant buildout of much-needed infrastructure, including supporting the rehabilitation of roads and water supplies. In the interim, several short-term initiatives are being executed,” Chang told lawmakers.

“Currently, there are approximately $300 million in approved projects to be implemented in the community. These investments are projected to be implemented over the next 12 to 24 months.”