Area Two police chief lauds citizens
TOWER ISLE, St Mary:
Area Two police chief Assistant Commissioner Glenford Hudson has praised the citizens of St Mary for their support in helping to reduce major crimes throughout the parish.
Speaking earlier this week from his office at Area 2 Headquarters in Tower Isle, St Mary, Hudson promised that the police in St Mary would continue to develop stronger community links, and place greater emphasis on investigating and solving crimes related to domestic violence.
Hudson, who also heads the parishes of St Ann and Portland, told Rural Xpress: "Crimes in all three parishes are down, except for in St Ann where there has been an uncomfortable increase in murders.
"St Mary is down since the start of the year, with 42 serious crimes reported, 36 fewer than for the same period last year. Robberies, larceny and rape are all down. Breaking-in offences is an area of concern, but that is also down by 50 per cent, compared with the first three months of last year.
"However, one of the troubling things in St Mary is the sexual offences and our success rates in terms of clear up (the process of identifying, arresting and sending a suspect to court) and convictions.
"It is troubling, but Community Safety and Security section has been doing some tremendous work in trying to mediate and put some form of intervention into the domestic issues in the parish."
Hudson, who has spent almost four decades in the police force, including 10 years working as an instructor at the academy, believes that with time and persistence, the challenges his officers face tackling issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse will lessen.