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Police want injunctions to bar criminals from communities

Published:Friday | October 18, 2013 | 9:19 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington says the Jamaica Constabulary Force is looking at bringing civil action to bar criminals from certain communities as a measure to clampdown on the mayhem they cause in these areas.

Ellingston says the recent spike in murder and other violent crimes in sections of the island are linked to increased gang activities.

He says the presence of gang members in communities are a challenge to peace and safety.

The police commissioner says increased operational activities have resulted in a reduction in murders and other crimes in these gang-infested communities.

He added that effort is being made to utilize legal remedies to get these persons out of the communities.

The police commissioner has taken issue with sentences handed down by the courts with regards to persons who committed serious crimes.

According to him, when criminals receive light sentences it allows them to go back on the road in a short time and continue their criminal activities.

Ellington says stronger sentences are needed to take away the profit of committing crimes.


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