Hanover stakeholders gather against crime
Several residents of Hanover gathered in the town square of Green Island on Tuesday for what is being described as a concerted move against crime in the parish.
This is against the background of the record number of murders that the parish experienced during 2017, seven more than the 53 it recorded in 2016.
Led by Pastor of the Calvary Gospel Assembly Church, located in Pell River, Hanover, Revern Grant, the gathering included members from more than 50 churches from across western Hanover, supported by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, several non-Christian members of the community, and some up-and-coming entertainers from within the parish.
This event represents the fourth year in succession that a group called the Christian Community Uniting for Change in Hanover, led by Grant, has been organising anti-crime marches in the parish. This event was done with a difference, however, and was organised as a community concert and not a road march as in previous years.
With three days gone in 2018, and no murder committed in the parish, in comparison to two in the similar period last year, Grant said that he felt inspired that there would be a change for the better in the parish for 2018.
"I believe in divine intervention, and so we intervened, and God has been answering our prayers," he said.
He explained that the concert was chosen over a road march to accommodate the entertainers who have volunteered to be a part of the message of peace and goodwill.
Superintendent of Police in charge of Hanover Sharon Beeput, who, since her arrival one year ago, has been instrumental in the revival of a number of community groups and organisations across the parish, gave an update on the crime situation across the parish over the last year. She also outlined achievements the police have made over the period in their fight against crime.
She expressed thanks to the residents for supporting the police in their activities, also for the confidence that they are showing in the police in the parish.