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#StJamesSOE: JDF says tip hotline is a success

Monday, January 22, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) says its new JDF Tip Hotline, 837-8888 is proving to be extremely valuable.

According to the JDF, the hotline, which was created as part of an effort to make it easier for persons to share information with the security forces during the current State of Emergency in St James, has been flooded with calls and whats app messages which have been very helpful for intelligence officials.

As a result the force had also created an email address for persons to use as an additional channel of giving information to the security forces.

The address is takeback.stjames@jdf.mil.jm and like the hotline, is secure and confidential.

Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer of the JDF explained the security force wanted to create an easy, convenient, confidential and secure channel for persons to share information about criminals and criminal activity.

He also pointed out that the number and email addresses are manned and operated by JDF soldiers on a 24/7 basis and there is no need for persons to identify themselves or their location.

“Security operations are only as good as the intelligence that drives them and we cannot achieve success without the assistance and support of persons in the community. Residents must say enough is enough and begin to share information with us so that together we can take back St James”, he continued.

Since being released on Thursday, the number has already gone viral on whatsapp and social media, and individuals are being urged to share it with everyone in their contact lists.

Jarrett was quick to point out however, that persons should be very wary of information they see on social media as not everything there is genuine and trustworthy.

“Social media is a wonderful tool that can help us in our fight, but as we've seen with the emergence of the “fake news phenomenon”, information on social media can be tampered with, misconstrued and misrepresented in an effort to misguide and mislead persons. It is important therefore that people question everything they see on social media, and trust mainly the official information put out by the security forces.”

One way to verify what is being circulated is to check on the official social media platforms setup for the State of Emergency such as twitter.com/TakeBackStJames and facebook.com/TakeBackStJames. These platforms he said will always reflect authentic and current pieces of information on the State of Emergency.

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