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Trelawny cops concerned about high number of youth in crime

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMRichard Morais

FALMOUTH, Trelawny:

The Trelawny police are concerned about the number of children who are committing crimes in the parish.

Statistics for 2014 indicate that 52 minors were charged for crimes in the parish. The crimes include murder, rape, robbery, break-in, illegal possession of firearm, lottery scamming, drugs, wounding with intent, simple larceny, assault, and malicious destruction of property.

"We are very concerned, and all of us ought to be very concerned about the number of children getting into trouble," Inspector Lorna Henderson said at the Ministry of Education's Quality Education Circle (QEC) meeting for north Trelawny at the William Knibb Memorial High School last Thursday.

Henderson said that a breakdown in the family is chiefly to be blamed for the state of affairs in the parish.

"When you investigate, it started from the home ... the lack of supervision and all kinds of other things that are happening in the home ... we are really having a big problem with the home," Henderson said.

The Falmouth police have implemented an evening programme at the Falmouth All-Age School in a bid to help reduce some of the problems highlighted by Henderson.

The programme is manned by a team of facilitators that includes three psychologists, a guidance counsellor, a theatre arts and drama instructor, a karate instructor, and three police personnel.

Some 44 participants - half of whom attend classes regularly- are registered in the programme.