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JCF reassures its commitment to cauterising gang activities islandwide

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring the public that it is committed to dealing with protracted and complex investigations and will ensure that full enforcement of the law is done to cauterise gang activities islandwide.

JCF said its statement, issued yesterday, follows the public discourse that has stemmed from reports on the proceedings of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament in Gordon House on Tuesday.

During the committee's sitting, which was being held to consider amendments to the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, it was revealed that although 448 persons have been arrested and charged under the law, only two convictions have been secured under the legislation thus far, by way of guilty pleas.

“With the hundreds of cases before the court, we await the successful outcome of some significant cases, in the expectation that gang activity and the proliferation of gangs will be impacted,” JCF explained.

The force said going forward, it will continue to use the provisions of legislation and others to arrest and charge gang leaders and gang members, wherein the strongest possible cases will be prepared and placed before the court.

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