St Thomas police focus on reprisals
In order to curb the crime rate in their parish, the St Thomas police say they need to shift their energy towards encouraging community policing in the parish.
With the exception of last week's murder of two policemen in St Thomas, Superintendent Charmaine Shand, commanding officer of the St Thomas police, told The Gleaner that cases of crime have been at a minimum this year.
"It's really a matter of refocusing because the parish has been doing exceptionally well as it relates to crime. However, we will have to step up on some activities around community policing," Shand said, adding that community policing was definitely the way forward.
Community policing is the system of allocating officers to certain areas in an attempt to become more familiar with residents.
Shand said that the police need the support of the citizens and all the stakeholders in order to ensure a more secure parish for the New Year.
"We will be refocusing and putting all our energy into solving crimes that have been committed this year and last year because what we realise is that we have to go back from way back when," she said.
"We have some dates that we have to observe for criminal activities. We call those dates reprisals."
There has been speculation among community members that the murder of the two policemen in the parish might have been be an act of revenge after one of the deceased lawmen prevented a robbery in the same area two years ago.
The police have, however, maintained that the motive behind the shooting has still not been ascertained.