Monday 17 June, 2019

DCP Blake headed for St James to help contain murder spate there

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake (left) and then Commissioner, Carl Williams, at the launch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) 'Get the Guns' campaign in July 2015.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake (left) and then Commissioner, Carl Williams, at the launch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) 'Get the Guns' campaign in July 2015.

Police Commissioner George Quallo has announced the latest move to put a dent into the runaway murder and unlawful shooting rates in St James, where over 300 persons have been violently killed since the start of the year.

Speaking during a tour of troubled sections of the parish on Thursday, Quallo said Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake is to be dispatched to the parish to assist the area commanders in the general western Jamaica region to more effectively implement the police’s anti-crime strategies, especially in St James and Westmoreland.

Quallo had exchanges with residents of a number of communities, including Granville and Glendevon, and gave an assurance that the police will be doing everything in their powers to protect them from the continuing criminal assault that had driven fear into them.

The commissioner also announced that more police/military operations are to be mounted in St James in the coming days, with the stepped-up initiative being targeted at the criminal gangs that are behind the violence in the parish.

Some 305 people have been murdered in St James so far this year, with 210 of the killings being attributed to gang-related conflicts.

Of note is that the lives of at least three persons have been snuffed out in the parish since Quallo's visit on Thursday.

 

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