Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Business leaders wary of St James police changes

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 5:22 PM
Marlon Nesbeth set to leave St James on November 8.

Business leaders in St James are not enthused by news that there will be a change in the police hierarchy with Senior Superintendent of Police Warren Campbell set to replace SSP Marlon Nesbeth on November 8.

In fact, Gloria Henry, the president of the Business Process Association of Jamaica, says the changing of commanding officer is a tried and tested tool that has not been effective.

She is doubtful this is the best approach to dealing with the escalating crime situation in the parish.

Henry believes the tenure for the commanding officer should be a minimum of three years unless there are extenuating circumstances.

She argues that this would allow the leadership to become familiar with the peculiar nuances of the area and facilitate community relations and a learning curve for the Commanding Officer.

Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce president T’Shura Gibbs is also not a fan of the frequent changing of police leadership in St James.

She says it undermines continuity in the development of projects designed to battle crime.

There have been more than 250 murders in St James since the start of the year, with nine of them happening last weekend.

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