High-level police team in MoBay asked not to stigmatise inner-city communities
One Montego Bay stakeholder is warning the team of high-level police personnel dispatched to St James not to stigmatise the people in the parish as they seek to fight crime.
Amid the recent spike in crime in the western parish, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday announced that a high-level team of detectives, headed by Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell has been dispatched to assist local detectives to solve murder cases.
Head of the Granville District of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Charles Brevett is urging the team not to stigmatise inner-city communities.
He says this is a usual practice of the police who target certain areas they perceive to be violent.
Pastor Brevitt also says the police need support from the political representatives of St James constituencies to solve crime.
Pastor Brevett is recommending that the members of Parliament visit the troubled communities in St James and further encourage their constituents.
Meanwhile, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of commerce Gloria Henry says she is grateful for the increased police personnel in Montego Bay.
The high-level police team that has been dispatched to Montego Bay will focus on securing evidential material for murder cases as well as preparing warrants and arresting suspects.
The team will also seek to find key witnesses for these cases and ensure their safety.