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Senior Clarendon cop wants agriculture wardens trained to help combat praedial larceny

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 1:16 PM
Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey.

Head of the Clarendon Police Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey is proposing that a cadre of agriculture wardens be trained to tackle praedial larceny, given limited powers and placed in communities with high incidents of farm theft.

The proposal comes as the Clarendon Police say there has been an increase in the number of cattle being reported stolen in the parish.

The latest incident came yesterday when eight persons, including a woman, were arrested in the Treadlight District where police investigators claim several stolen animals were illegally slaughtered.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre today, SSP Bailey lamented that praedial larceny is getting out of control.

He said as part of his proposal, agriculture wardens could be given the powers of a special district constable and be assigned to work in police divisions with high incidents of praedial larceny.

This article has been edited from its original version.