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Cowboy’s gone but the Sheriff’s in town, Manchester top cop tells criminals

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 7:05 PM
Brown... We’ll be putting criminals under serious pressure

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner writer



MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

The new commanding officer for the Manchester Police Division, Superintendent Melvin Brown has warned criminals that the pressure will be sustained to rid them from the parish.




“The ‘Cowboy’ has left town but I want to let them know that ‘The Sheriff’ has ridden in and they must beware,” Brown said while speaking at a press conference at the Mandeville Police Station today.



‘Cowboy’ is Derrick Knight, the former Assistant Commissioner of Police for Area Three, who is now assigned to Area Five.



According to Brown, although the Manchester Police have seen a reduction in crimes, there is still a major concern with break-ins.



He said the break-ins usually occur between 7:30 a.m and 6 p.m and appealed to home owners to put the necessary measures in place for their safety.



“Help us help you: invest in surveillance systems, construct proper perimeter fencing and burglar bars, get some dogs if you don’t mind them, don’t keep large sums of money, live good with your neighbours and encourage the Neighborhood Watch,” he suggested.



Brown said police intelligence suggests that criminals, under pressure in the Corporate Area and other places, are moving to Mandeville.



However, he said they will not be accommodated.



“We’ll be putting you under serious pressure and we expect that you will either be arrested and face the full length of the law or you will get out of town,” he said.



MANCHESTER CRIME STATS

Rape


2013 - 32

2014 - 16



Fatal shootings

2013 - 5

2014 - 2



Murders

2013 - 32

2014 - 36



Break-ins

2013 - 300

2014 - 384



*Figures are for Jan 1 – November 22, 2013 and Jan 1 – November 22, 2014.



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