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Jericho to tear down the walls of crime

Published:Friday | May 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Assistant Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant.

Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer

JERICHO, St Catherine:

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER of Police Novelette Grant has said that behaviour change is critical to successfully combating criminal activities and community disorder.

"I want you now to look at the things you are doing that make crime flourish and ask yourself if you are creating an inviting environment for crime, what can we do to change that, so we get the kind of behaviour so that the other 7,000-odd communities across Jamaica can look at Jericho as a model and ask how did they do it," said Grant.

She was speaking at the joint launch ceremony of the Jericho Neighbourhood Watch and Police Youth Club at the Jericho Baptist Church on the outskirts of Linstead in St Catherine on Sunday.

She cited the integration of positive initiatives and commitment as key components to the survival of Jericho Neighbourhood Watch, first launched on April 28, 1996, but disintegrated.

"You must be committed to bettering your life. You must be committed to change the shape of the country. You live in a community that has 7,000, or whatever number of persons, and only 10 or 12 of you are in a core group of persons that will carry the message, and you need to find out if you are one of those committed that no matter the challenges, the difficulties, the obstacles you are going to be committed to transforming Jericho," advised the Area 5 commander.

In his greetings, Delroy Dobney, president, National Neighbourhood Watch Secretariat, called for collective responsibility in ensuring safer communities.

"A community will never be beautiful or wonderful if crime continues to exist, and the only way we are going to eradicate this scourge of crime that is affecting all of us is when the entire community is mobilised," said Dobney.

According to Dobney, neighbourhood watches, first established in 1987, are no longer in the business of watching.

"The neighbourhood watch is about ensuing that the community owns its space and say to the criminals among us, there is no place in Jericho for you because the people of Jericho have decided to own their community," he declared.

There are 85 neighbourhood watches in North St Catherine, the police division in which Jericho falls.

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