Wednesday 28 October, 2020

St Andrew South Police Division a hotbed of violence - commissioner

Major General Antony Anderson

Major General Antony Anderson

Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, has painted the crime situation in the St Andrew South Police Division as a dire one that is in need of urgent attention from the law enforcement authorities.

Speaking at an emergency press conference called by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at Jamaica House on Sunday, Anderson said the police division has traditionally been one where violence is rife, and said it is presently responsible for the highest number of murders in any police division across the island.

“There are some 25 gangs engaging in inter and intra-gang warfare in the division. There have been 94 murders and 98 shootings - the highest among police divisions in Jamaica (so far this year). St Andrew South is 33 per cent above the next highest police division, Clarendon…” he said.

“Murders in this division (St Andrew South) have increased by 19 per cent, and the gang warfare has caused the disruption of the lives of citizens,” he added.

Anderson assured law-abiding citizens that their rights will not be breached by the imposition of a state of emergency (SOE) in the division, and said the SOE will be heavily reliant on investigation, the use of technology, and the disruption of the free movement of gangs and guns.

“We must break the cycle. We must stand between those who would do harm, and those who are a danger,” he said.

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