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Commish says St James to be divided into two divisions

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:03 PM
A military unit in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. - Jermain Barnaby Photo

Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, has announced that by the end of the year, the St James Police Division is to be divided into two divisions.

According to Williams this will help the police to more effectively fight crime in the parish which has seen the murder of 199 people since the start of the year.

According to the commissioner, crime is no longer concentrated in Montego Bay, but has been drifting to rural communities because of the increased presence of law enforcement personnel in the capital.

At the same time, he noted that a joint police-military operation room has been established in Montego Bay to address the spiralling crime in western Jamaica.

IN PHOTO: Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams

Speaking this morning at the President's Forum hosted by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Williams attributed Jamaica's crime problem to the more than 300 active gangs operating across the country.

According to him, gangs account for 63 per cent of murders in Jamaica.

The commissioner also said anger issues have been leading to domestic disputes which pose a problem for the island's crime fighters.

However, he said a large number of gruesome murders are orchestrated to fuel fear among law abiding citizens.

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Since the start of the year at least 919 people have been killed.

While St James is the bloodiest parish, Portland is deemed the safest with six homicides up to September 23, but there are still concerns there.

Williams said the resources of the police are stretched as the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force work overtime to bring crime under control.