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Police take steps to protect Chinese businesses after St Andrew incidents

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2014 | 6:18 PM

The Police High Command has implemented several measures aimed at protecting Chinese business people operating in Jamaica.



The measures were outlined during a high-level meeting at the Office of the Police Commissioner this morning.



The meeting was held in response to the robbery of several Chinese in Hope Pastures, St Andrew on the weekend.



The police say a security liaison officer has been appointed to meet regularly with the victims’ representative to discuss and coordinate support on security matters.



And they say a risk assessment has been done on the residences, business places and areas where the victims regularly travel, and dedicated police patrols have been put in place to ensure their protection.



The police have also requested a list of all Chinese companies conducting joint venture project developments with the government which will be subject to a risk assessment and security resources will be committed as needed.



In the meantime, the police say they will continue their programme of protection operations around the Chinese community to reduce the risk of criminal victimisation.



A top-level probe, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis is now underway into the robbery.



The police say they already have several leads and are expected to make a breakthrough soon.



Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says the Police High Command is aware of the strategic importance of the Jamaica/China relationship to the economic development and well-being of both nations and remains committed to protecting Chinese businesses.



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