Holness urges Hanover residents to support crime-fighting efforts
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on residents of Hanover to foster a closer relationship with the police in an effort to curb the recent, spiraling murder figures in the western parish.
"There has got to be stronger co-operation between the citizens and the police. And I can only speak to you as brothers and sisters. If I know that any of my family (member) commits a crime or is a criminal, I am going to give them up. I can't say it any clearer than that. And that is what it comes down to," Holness argued.
He bemoaned many instances of murder in the parish, some of which he stated were oftentimes committed by "close friends and family members".
Going further, he said: "I say to you only now as your brother, that we cannot give sucker and protection to the criminals that are in our midst. It is only going to destroy your community."
Holness was speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a housing development in the parish on Thursday, a day after alleged gangster, 25-year-old Uton Cockett, and his 45-year-old mother, Carlene Clover, were killed at their Elgin Town, Lucea home.
The prime minister said the security forces have been mandated to pay close attention to the crime situation in the parish, are making inroads, but the residents should play their part.
"We have given instructions and directions to the security forces, and I know that they have been successful in apprehending some of the persons who are alleged or suspected of committing the crimes. But that is not going to be enough," Holness stated.