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Get a grip on murders in Clarendon – Henry to police

Published:Friday | January 5, 2018 | 12:58 PM
Henry says the police hierarchy in Clarendon needs to urgently get a grip on the spate of murders that have been besetting the parish for quite some time.

Member of Parliament for Clarendon central, Mike Henry, says the police need to account for the protracted escalation of violent crimes in the parish.

He has reacted with alarm at news that five persons were murdered in the parish on Tuesday in separate incidents.

Henry says the police hierarchy in the parish needs to urgently get a grip on the spate of murders that have been besetting the parish for quite some time.

He says as a leader in the parish, he does not intend to sit idly by and allow the present situation to continue or degenerate.

He did not say what he would be doing.

However, head of the Police Area Three, which includes Clarendon, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, has pointed to a number of constraints affecting the efforts of the police.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, ACP Blake said one of those is resource constraints, including the fact that about 500 cops serve the parish of about 270,000 residents.

ACP Blake also notes that the crimes are occurring across the entire parish.

He says he doesn’t believe implementing a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Clarendon is the answer, given the murders are not taking place in one area.

 

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake

However, ACP Chambers says he would welcome the social intervention elements of the ZOSO.

He says social intervention is crucial because most of the murders resulted from a degeneration of the social fabric.

He says many of the murders are linked to reprisals.