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Lewin says rogue cops may be fueling MoBay crime

Published:Thursday | July 14, 2016 | 7:02 PM
In this 2013 file photo a policeman makes his way to a crime scene along Union Street in Montego Bay, St James, where an insurance agency was robbed of a large sum of cash.

Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin says the police high command must be mindful that elements within the security forces may be contributing to the crime surge.

He says there are historical facts to support his belief that law enforcement authorities in St James often get involved in violent crimes.

"That is a major factor in whatever they are doing down there – being aware of who, amongst their own, are working against them," Lewin said.

IN PHOTO: Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin

 

Former Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin

"One of the things we have to get serious back into is infiltrating criminal gangs, we are not doing any of that. It is not easy. But it's hard to be infiltrating and staying there if law enforcement is mixed up with them, it's dangerous but we have to infiltrate criminal gangs in order to deal with some of those entrenched problems," he said

St James has recorded more than 200 murders since the start of the year.

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The police have maintained that the lottery scamming is the driver of the homicide rate in St James.