Deputy Commish says more than 200 arrests made under anti-gang legislation
More than 200 persons have been arrested and charged under the anti-gang legislation.
This was disclosed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Glenmore Hinds at a press conference today.
DCP Hinds said the police have been using the legislation to go after those involved in serious crimes.
While conceding that there has been no convictions yet under the legislation, the senior policeman indicated that the law is an effective crime fighting tool.
The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, also known as the anti-gang law, was passed by Parliament in 2014.
The legislation is aimed at targeting criminal gangs who the police say are behind a majority of the murders reported in Jamaica.
Meanwhile, also speaking at the press conference, police commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, outlined aspects of the police’s 'Get the Guns' campaign.
Williams said the police will be offering greater cash incentives for persons who provide information leading to the seizure of guns and ammunition.
He also said that incentives will be offered to police personnel and police divisions which seize the largest number of firearms and ammunitions.
The police commissioner said there will be increased cordons and searches across the country as part of efforts to crackdown on persons with illegal weapons.
Williams further said that the police will introduce coastal watches for towns and communities along the shoreline to stem the drugs for guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti.
Williams pointed out that the gun has been the weapon of choice in the killing of about 10,300 Jamaicans in the last 10 years.
He said this represents approximately 75 per cent of the 13,780 murders recorded in Jamaica over the period 2005-2015.