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Police to ramp up security measures for Chinese community in Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2013 | 1:06 PM

The Police High Command has agreed to implement a raft of security measures to protect the members of the Chinese community and their businesses in particular.



The intervention from the local police comes almost a week after China’s Premier raised concerns about the safety of nationals in Jamaica and called for tighter security measures.



The police say the agreement came after the National Intelligence Bureau met with and updated the Chinese community on a risk assessment on practices that made them vulnerable to crime.



Chinese businessmen have complained that they are being targeted by robbers and extortionists.



The Police and the Chinese community have also agreed to regular scheduled meetings at the High Command level as well as the divisional level to ensure that speedy and appropriate responses are made when necessary.



The police also announced the appointment of Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis as the National Liaison Officer between the police and the Chinese community.



The two parties are to meet again on Sunday.



The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said the Premier, Li Keqiang, raised the issue of the safety of its nationals and business interests during a meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller last Wednesday.



Li said he hoped the Jamaican government would implement more favourable policies and take effective measures to protect the safety and legal interests of Chinese citizens and companies.



Simpson Miller led a delegation to China last week that secured several multimillion-dollar investment projects for Jamaica.



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