Corporate and community support for curfew monitoring in Mount Salem
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steve McGregor
Some 25 curfew monitors in Mount Salem, St James, where the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) was declared last year, last week received uniforms which were provided at the expense of Lifespan Spring Water.
Mount Salem was declared a ZOSO on September 1, 2017, under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.
The uniforms were handed over by head of the Police Community Safety and Security Branch, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steve McGregor, and representatives of Lifespan Spring Water.
The curfew monitors, who are by and large females, were trained in December 2017 as part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) community safety and security mandate of fostering safe communities.
The chosen personnel will serve as curfew monitors for the police-imposed 9:00 p.m. curfew for students ages 17 years and under to stay off the streets.
"We are here today (Wednesday) in Mount Salem in the St James Police Division to hand over the shirts to our curfew managers. They were trained last December to be our first responders to our youngsters in the Mount Salem curfew zone. As a part of the process, we would have gotten shirts," Acting ACP McGregor indicated.
"We are here today, also with the sponsors of our shirts, Life Span Water, who have committed to be the sponsors of the shirts in the 19 geographic divisions in the country," McGregor added.
He expressed pleasure that the volunteers had stepped forward to be curfew monitors.
"It is good that these citizens have stepped up to the plate in Mount Salem here to be a part of it (the ZOSO). It is good to have them as change agents. They reside in the community where these differences arise, and it is good that they are a part of this change," McGregor indicated.
"We make no mistake to think that operations alone can solve the problem of crime and violence in our country right now. We have to go into the communities and to interface with the citizens and get them to be a part of whatever strategies that we employ to police these communities," he added.