MAY PEN, Clarendon:
COMMISSIONER OF Police Francis Forbes said there needs to be an honest admission that all is not well in Jamaica and that a national and united effort is needed to correct the evils plaguing the country.
The Commissioner who appeared as guest speaker at the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce at a rap session hosted at the Halse Hall Great House last Thursday afternoon, said individuals in the society needed to do a mirror check, to get a clearer picture that all is not well.
He said accusations of corruption are often levelled at the police but he invited his audience to have a closer look at the total society where, he added, dishonesty and corruption have become commonplace at all levels.
The Commissioner in responding to questions concerning the increase of serious crimes in Clarendon, especially in the May Pen area, said the criminal population in Jamaica was a small but effective core group that was well organised.
Confirming police crime reports out of Clarendon that many of May Pen's serious crimes are committed by migrant criminals, the Commissioner said studies have shown that when the police step up actions against criminals in the Corporate Area, some flee to rural areas where they create serious problems.
Rural police must now be on the alert he said and give no space to those migratory criminals to take root in their police areas.
Past president of the Clarendon Chamber, Anthony Smatt raised the point with the Commissioner about difficulties faced by both security firms and law-abiding citizens in obtaining firearms, users permit and licences.
The Commissioner replied that there are procedures which must be rigorously followed in granting firearm licences. He disclosed that presently one police division in the Corporate Area which recommended permits for over 100 licences to persons from as far away as Westmoreland and St. James, is now under investigation.
He appealed to persons experiencing delays to be patient as the Force has to be satisfied that such persons are worthy permit holders.