Thu | Jun 29, 2017

We are impacting gangs, says head of Hanover police

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 6:35 PM
Sharon Beeput (centre) commanding officer of the Hanover Police Division. - Photo by Okoye Henry
Sergeant Kevin Watson (right), communication liaison officer of the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force. At left is Courtney Hudson, vice-president of the Hanover Parish Development Committee. - Photo by Okoye Henry
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Claudia Gardner, Gleaner Writer 

Commanding Officer of the Hanover Police Division Sharon Beeput says her team has been doing an effective job of starting the dismantling of gangs within the parish.

According to her, six members of the One Link Gang, four of the One Voice and six members of the Hundred Rounds Gangs have been taken into custody between April and May.

"We have recovered 12 firearms, 280 assorted rounds. We are working and impacting the gangs," she said.  

She bemoaned the lack of support from community members, whom  she says have not been coming forward with information. 

"We are not getting the kind of response we would like. The reason may be that people say 'we don't trust the police'."

She said the police had now spearheaded a long-overdue community initiative to get the Social Development Commission, the Peace Management Initiative and other institutions to undertake interventions within the parish.