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Joint Task Force points to 2009 successes

Published:Monday | January 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Laura Redpath, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Joint Task Force (JTF) released statistics showing the results of operations the force carried out in 2009.

Established in June 2008, the task force carried out 8,397 mobile and joint patrols. As a result of this and other initiatives, the JTF arrested 603 persons and held 75 wanted persons.

"The results show it has been a very good year," Karl Angell, Jamaica Constabulary Force communications director, said.

The JTF also seized, 2,489 rounds of ammunition and 117 guns.

Angell said the JTF stems from the collaborative effort between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force, used to "help manage the hot-spot areas of the country".

Plans for 2010 include monitoring the times when crime is at its peak and then patrolling.

"We would deploy to match," Angell said.

Other statistics indicated there were 4,030 vehicle checkpoints, 1,389 raids and 891 foot-patrol operations.

The task force also seized just over 7,000lb of marijuana.