Organised criminal networks still a major threat to Jamaican State
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) says, despite serious inroads in dismantling, organised criminal networks involving major gangs, remain the greatest threat to the security of the Jamaican State.
OCID head, Senior Superintendent of Police, Clifford Chambers disclosed in an interview with The Gleaner that so far this year, seven gangs have been seriously disrupted and several ‘senior’ members taken into police custody.
However, he says there are still 99 active gangs among the 250 gangs that have been identified in the country.
The SSP, however, declined to name the major gangs, citing concerns about possibly encouraging criminals.
SSP Chambers is heaping praises on the anti-gang legislation which is being used to dismantle criminal gangs.
He says since the enactment of the law in March, more than 30 persons linked to criminal enterprises have been brought before the courts.
Meanwhile, SSP Chambers is urging patience from the public, noting that investigations take time.
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