DSP Rudolph Taylor at the monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation
The St Ann police have identified four communities for special attention to keep on top of major criminal activities that have been trending down.
The communities are Mansfield Heights or Falklands, just outside Ocho Rios; Claremont Street in Runaway Bay; Phoenix Park in Moneague and Steer Town, near Mammee Bay.
Deputy Superintendent Rudolph Taylor told the monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation (SAMC), Thursday, November 8 that the police have recently placed focus on these four areas so as to maintain control of crime.
He provided statistics to show that major categories of crime were down, including murder, rape, and robberies.
He said the police’s public order campaign is continuing and going well. Under this drive, since February, St Ann police have targeted major town centres and have enforced the laws regarding public transport operations and vending.
However, the DSP said “some areas continue to be a challenge and concern to us…”
He named Phoenix Park as having had an “upsurge of robberies” including of personal items. He said two suspects from outside the parish were in custody and were to face identification parades.
In Steer Town there were recent shootings. The police have charged one man and two suspects have fled the parish.
He said that in Claremont Street there had been murders and shootings. In the most recent case of shooting one man was arrested and charged. DSP Taylor said that had helped bring calm to the community. He said it was still tense.
In the case of Falklands in Ocho Rios, police and the councillor have been able to help effect social interventions and that had helped the area to become calm, though tense, he said.