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Clarendon police regroup after death squad reports

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 11:26 AM

The police in Clarendon have managed to shake off the cloud of reports of a death squad operating out of the division to achieve a reduction in murders in the parish.



The latest crime statistics show that murders in Clarendon have declined by 27 per cent for the period January 1 to October 4 this year.



The police say the parish recorded 68 murders, which is 28 fewer than the 96 recorded for the corresponding period last year.



Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of Clarendon, Maurice Robinson says while crime isn’t where he wants it to be the police are satisfied with the progress.



He says the divisional management team devised and implemented a number of strategies which contributed to the decline.



SSP Robinson also says peace marches and tours in several usually volatile areas such as York Town, Juno Crescent and Canaan Heights have helped to significantly reduce crime in these communities.



However, SSP Robinson admits that the crime fighting efforts of the Clarendon Police Division was dealt a severe blow as a result of the Death Squad issue earlier this year.



However, he says weekly visits from Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight, three visits from former commissioner Owen Ellington and the Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting helped members of the division to regroup and redouble their efforts to bring about a decline in crime in the parish.



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