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Policing alone will not solve St James' crime problem - Commish

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says policing strategies alone will not solve some of the deep-seated problems in a number of St James communities that have been rocked by violence in recent days.

Williams was speaking in St James today following a tour of several hot spot communities, including Flankers, Norwood and Glendevon.

St James has already recorded over 100 murders and the tour comes a day after gunmen killed five persons in a 12-hour period between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Noting that policing can go so far and no further, the police chief said curbing the violence in some of these communities will require solutions that will win the hearts and minds of the people.

Despite this, Williams sought to assure residents that the police will do everything in their power to stem the violence.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner today met with his top divisional commanders in western Jamaica to discuss the measures that have been put in place to curtail the recent upsurge in violence.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Williams said his visit to the parish was part of an attempt to provide the local commanders with additional support.

In addition, he says it provides an opportunity to help fine tune the crime fighting strategies going forward to ensure that the intervention is meaningful.