New Trelawny crime-reduction strategy
THE TRELAWNY police has vowed to establish a healthy partnership with citizens of the parish as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) seeks to carry out its mandate of reducing crime.
To achieve this, the police said it would restore neighbourhood-watch programmes, increase community policing and set up police youth clubs.
Superintendent of police in charge of Trelawny, Andrew Lewis, in outlining a robust policing plan for the parish, said he would ensure that the technology available to the police is utilised in the investigation of crimes committed in the parish.
Speaking during a meeting at the Falmouth Town Hall on Monday, Superintendent Lewis presented six other senior officers, including a commander of the Island Special Constabulary Force, who are part of a management team entrusted with a priority responsibility of protecting citizens and the emerging tourism product in the parish.
Lewis told the meeting that the policing plan for Trelawny in 2011 will be centred around a crime-reduction strategy to encompass high-visibility patrols, speedy response to all threats and domestic abuses, as well as the monitoring of known gang members and other lawbreakers. The senior cop said the police will also be devising creative ways to identify extortionists and bring them to justice.
"Upholding the human rights of citizens is high on our agenda. Reports of human-rights violations will be investigated speedily," Lewis asserted. He said the JCF would work with the anti-corruption unit to weed out any form of corruption among its members.
Trelawny recorded one of the lowest crime levels in Jamaica, attaining a 28 per cent reduction in overall crimes from January to December 2010, when compared to the corresponding period in 2009. For this year, the parish has seen a 27 per cent dip in crimes so far.
- Ruddy Mathison