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Top level meeting today as crime worsens in St James

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 9:48 AM

The deputy commissioner of police in charge of strategic operations will hold talks with senior cops this morning in response to the increasingly worrying crime rate in Montego Bay, St James.

More than 310 people have been killed in the parish since January, the highest ever recorded over an 11-month period.

About two months ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared one troubled spot a Zone of Special Operations, but that has only resulted in a ceasefire in the community of Mount Salem.

So, instead of the regular weekly review meeting with senior cops today, DCP Clifford Blake has summoned a high-level team of senior officers for a special talk to plot a strategy to deal with crime in St James.

Among those expected to attend are Senior Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, who heads the St James Police Division, and his two immediate predecessors, SSP Marlon Nesbeth and SSP Steve McGregor.

Also invited to attend are: Assistant Commissioner of Police Donovan Graham, who is in charge of the Police Area One, which covers St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, and the man he replaced, ACP Warren Clarke.

Blake wants to use the knowledge and experience of the senior cops to help in developing the 2018 Strategic Plan geared specifically at murder reduction in St James.

The leadership of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, and the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch will also be represented to discuss organised and financial crimes in St James, and to explore the possibility of collaborating with the Financial Investigations Division in the crime fight.

According to DCP Blake, the Area One intelligence commander and the divisional intelligence manager for St James are to collaborate to prepare an intelligence briefing on the crime situation in the parish so far this year, and prepare a mapping and summary showing murders and shootings for the period.