KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 28, CMC – Police say they have detained at least 40 people in the volatile suburban parish of Str. James, north west of here, as the death toll from criminal activities reached 200 on Tuesday with the murder of a man on the streets by unknown bandits.
Head of the St. James Police, Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, said that some of those detained will be charged.
“We’re conducting proper searches around them, their homes, their surroundings to see if we can recover these weapons that they use so easily,” he said.
The police said the operation on Tuesday was part of anti-crime strategies implemented following an upsurge in violence in St. James, which has left more than a dozen persons dead and several injured since last week.
Nesbeth said the operations will continue. And that efforts will also be made to reassure the public through other types of policing.
Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams, addressing members of the private sector, said that a shift in violence from urban communities to rural areas was a contributing factor to the murders currently plaguing St James”.
He told the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President’s Forum on Tuesday that “what you see in the last decade or so is violence shifting from the urban communities of Kingston and St Andrew to the rural communities and even Spanish town, St Catherine North, which is the third most murderous division in part to date.
“Even that has declined from what it was and what it used to be years ago,” said Williams, who is due in St. James later on Wednesday.
He said the Jamaica Constabulary Force will divide the St James Police Division into two distinct divisions in order to regain control of crime in the western parish and that law enforcement is re re-establishing the Lottery Scam Task Force, which was successful in clamping down on the illegal activity in the west.