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Police to intensify activities in St James to cut crime

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 6:40 PM

The police are to increase their presence in public spaces and intensify public order activities in Montego Bay, St James as part of a strategy to help cut crime in the western parish.

In a statement this afternoon, the police said they will be paying particular attention to illegal vending and traffic congestion.

At the same time, the police say they will continue to maintain all critical elements of security, which will see more effective deployment of resources for the highest levels of security.

The police released the statement following a meeting of senior officers called by Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake to examine the escalating crime situation in St James and develop a strategic policing plan for the parish for 2018.

"These changes, among many others, will go a long way in helping us to achieve the objective of building safer and more secure communities, and we will be relying on the support of every Jamaican," said a police spokesperson in the release.

Since the start of the year, more than 300 people have been murdered in St James.

Meanwhile, the police say the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) were jointly tasked to aggressively tackle organised and financial crime in St James.

MOCA is refocus its efforts on issues of police corruption.

Hot topics at police meeting:

1. Improving intelligence capacity
2. Enhancing investigative capabilities
3. Greater use of technology to assist with investigations
4. Reviewing and redefining the divisional  command and staff structure
5. Increasing collaboration with local, regional and international law enforcement agencies, especially on transnational and financial crimes
6. Strengthening partnerships with various public and private sector stakeholders
7. Enhancing community collaboration with community stakeholders and groups
8. Boosting the morale of staff through increased training and development for persons within the St James division 

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