St Ann Justices of the Peace welcome new cops to St Ann: Superintendent urges citizens to cooperate with police
Ocho Rios, St Ann:
Faced with an increase in murders in St Ann, over last year, recently installed commander for the parish, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, has appealed to citizens to cooperate with the police to reduce the murder rate.
Speaking with The Gleaner at a welcome reception for 23 new police personnel, hosted by the St Ann Justices of the Peace Association, at the John McDowell Conference Centre at the St Ann Chamber of Commerce complex at Pineapple, Ocho Rios, Cameron highlighted three areas in which residents could assist.
"I am saying to the citizens of the parish that, one, where they have domestic issues call upon the police to assist them to working through it. We have had too many domestic situations that have escalated into murders, so the police are willing to work with you.
"Two, where you have observed that strange people are entering and leaving your communities, call the police.
"And, finally, we are on a get-the-gun campaign, so if you know where illegal guns are kept, or of people who are carrying illegal guns, please let me have the information. You have my full confidence."
Turning to the new officers, Cameron said whereas they have to be properly supervised, they are expected to perform well and maintain a high level of discipline.
"And we ask citizens of the parish to cooperate with us," he urged.
Meanwhile, chairman of the association, Pixley Irons, used the opportunity to encourage the police. He predicted that one of them would, one day, rise to become commissioner of police.
"We would like to get a success story from this group," he encouraged them. "I might not (be around to) know, but you can mention it in your inaugural speech, if a commissioner comes from this group."
Irons described the meeting as being "good".
"We decided to meet with them, to introduce them and let them know what we expect of them; to tell them some of the concerns that we are having, and what we are looking forward to from them in the future."
"We hope we can do another session like this later on, to guide them along, and do as much as we can to help," he added.
The officers, 10 of whom were placed in Ocho Rios, were also addressed by Custos Norma Walters, Superintendent Cameron and given a motivational talk by JP Pauline Haughton, who told them "when you are reaching for success, keep your mind positive".
The new police personnel placed in Ocho Rios are also expected to impact tourist harassment in the resort town.