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Give us back some of the retired cops – Lucea mayor

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:00 AMAdrian Frater
Craig Oates
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With crime, especially gun-related murders, rocking Hanover with impunity, Lucea's mayor, Wynter McIntosh, has joined the list of persons calling for the re-engagement of retired crime-fighters to help in the battle against the rampant lawlessness.

Following the return of ace crime-fighter, Clive 'Karate Georgie' Lawrence, who has come out of retirement to help battle the crime problem in St James, residents in Hanover are calling for the return of Craig Oates, who retired nearly eight years ago, to return in a similar capacity.

"Based on the current situation in Hanover, we really need some experienced crime-fighters to help to restore law and order," said McIntosh.

"I would wholeheartedly support the return of Mr Oates, The current situation is unacceptable and we have to find ways to stem the carnage."

Oates, who served a stint as head of security at the Ritz Carlton Hotel since he left the Jamaica Constabulary Force, said he was very disturbed by the escalating lawlessness in Hanover and would be happy to offer his service, even in the capacity of a district constable.

"I don't like what is happening, Hanover is no longer a safe parish. These days, all you can hear about are murders and double murders," said Oates, who was the officer in charge of the Sandy Bay Police Station, in Hanover, when he resigned from the JCF for a new career in business.

HAPPY TO SERVE

"I know that, having retired, I cannot rejoin the JCF as a regular policeman, but I would be happy to serve as a DC," said Oates.

"I can't bear to be here, seeing what is happening and not helping to do something about it."

"I believe I still enjoy a fair amount of goodwill with the people in this parish. I was born in Hanover and this is where I now live," continued Oates, who is now involved in business and football administrator.

"I know the terrain and I know the people so I don't think it would be difficult to get back into my old groove."

While not slighting the crop of police personnel serving in the parish, McIntosh believes the experience of men like Oates and their knowledge of the various communities would strengthen crime-fighting in the parish.

Hanover, once the nation's most peaceful parish, now is seen as a of western Jamaica's scary crime belt, which includes St James and Westmoreland.

Last year, Hanover had a recorded 55 murders and has had 14, so far this year.