Cops lauded for improved safety at track, environs
Personnel from the St Catherine South Police Division, led by Senior Superintendent Noel Christie, were specially recognised at Caymanas Park on New Year's Day by sponsor McKay Security and Caymanas Track Limited.
Christie proudly accepted a presentation from Caymanas Track Limited's chief executive officer, Cedric Stewart, while members of the division beamed in the background.
Last year, St Catherine South achieved an historic reduction in crime, especially murders, which were held to 81. The division was known to have murder stats of 160 in one year.
In addition to reducing incidents of murders, the division was among the top two in firearms recovered throughout the country.
Jason McKay, CEO, McKay Security, said the division's vigilance had greatly assisted his firm in minimising incidents at the racetrack.
"We dedicated the day to personnel at the St Catherine South Police Division for its achievements in 2014 and have every confidence that 2015 will be a better year," he said.
"Those of us who conduct businesses in St Catherine South, Portmore and elsewhere, understand, more than anyone else, how great these achievements are and, as such, felt it was important to, at the end of a great year, say thanks for a great job.
"We can recall when the murder stats rivaled that of Spanish Town and west Kingston. It's the hardest job in the country, securing the nation. St Catherine South has done an incredible job of making the hardest job look easy," he declared.