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Police halt permits for Clarendon parties, councillors upset

Published:Friday | July 12, 2013 | 3:21 PM

A war of words yesterday broke out between councilors at the Clarendon Parish Council and Senior Superintend of Police (SSP), Micheal Bailey, following a directive from the senior cop which effectively bans parties and dances in some communities.



SSP Bailey has instructed that as part of efforts to reduce crime, no permit will be issued for parties and dances in May Pen, Canaan Heights, Curatoe Hill, Mineral Heights, Trenton Road, Paisley, Hazard Drive and Palmers Cross and other communities.



SSP Bailey’s announcement was not well received by the irate councilors, who described the directive as a parish-wide curfew that is counter-productive to fighting crime.



Following the announcement Councilor Godfrey Knight declared that he’s unimpressed with SSP Bailey’s stewardship of policing in the parish.



He said the move is one in the wrong direction, particularly during the summer season when many events will be held.



Knight’s outburst was then followed by a steady stream of unsavory comments from other councilors who also questioned the policeman’s competence in light of an escalation in criminal activities in Clarendon.



Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Council, Mayor Scean Barnswell, said the entertainment industry has contributed over US$600 million to the economy.



He said he will be seeking to have the issue resolved through the Association of Local Government Authorities.



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