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No stones will be left unturned - Commissioner

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2015 | 10:00 AMPaul Clarke
National Security Minister Peter Bunting (centre) listening to the concerns of residents yesterday in the wake of the multiple killing of members of one family in Hanover. At left is Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has said the persons responsible for Thursday night's killing of six family members in the Logwood area of Green Island are known to the police and will be caught.

"The criminals who are responsible for this dastardly act will not get away. We know who they are. We have intelligence and strong leads," the commissioner told residents, after he and National Security Minister Peter Bunting visited the community yesterday.

"We are going to find them wherever they are and bring them to justice. We will be working closely with the military. We are already into the planning and we are also ensuring that the best investigative resources that we have in the country are deployed here," the commissioner added.

Williams promised that the police would leave no stones unturned as they go in search of the gangsters, who are said to be members of a gang operating in western Hanover.

 

REALLOCATION OF RESOURCES

 

In addressing the general concerns about the frightening state of crime in the west, especially in Hanover and St James, Bunting said that the crime-fighting capacity of Area One (Hanover, Westmoreland, Trelawny and St James) will be significantly strengthened as the police strive to cramp lawlessness, especially the spike in murders, which is being blamed on lottery scamming.

"This will require a very strong and decisive response from the security forces. We have seen a rapid deterioration in the security situation here in Hanover, a parish with less than 70,000 people," said Minister Bunting.

According to the security minister, Hanover has recorded more murders than Kingston and St Andrew combined over the last month and will require a reallocation of resources to bring crime down.

"You look at this here in Hanover and it's clear that it will take some reallocation of resources from the traditional areas into Hanover, which has now become a major division of concern for the security forces," Bunting said.