Clarendon police making progress, says superintendent
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
The Clarendon police are boasting some amount of success in the division despite a slight increase in major crimes in 2013 when compared to 2012.
The superintendent in charge of operations in the parish, Warren Turner, says in 2012, 37 firearms were recovered and a large quantity of illicit drugs seized and several persons arrested.
He adds that while serious crimes especially murders and shootings saw a slight increase in 2012 the police worked very hard and were able to put a dent in other serious crimes such as rapes and break-ins.
He says the police also managed to weaken some of the major gangs operating in the parish because of robust policing in the division.
Superintendent Turner is crediting increased community policing for much of the success in the division.
He says community policing was heightened as Clarendon launched 11 youth clubs and re-launched the Gang Reduction And Prevention Education Programme.
Superintendent Turner was speaking at a Unite for Change forum at the Wembly Centre of Excellence last evening where he said the police have already made progress against crime since the start of this year.
He says so far seven firearms have been seized and over 160 pounds of ganja and a little over 2 kilograms of cocaine were taken off the streets.
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