Trelawny police on the lookout for migrating criminals

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Acting commander for the Trelawny Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Carlos Russell, is appealing to residents to be on the lookout for criminals fleeing the security forces in parishes where enhanced security measures have been implemented, and seeking refuge in Trelawny.

“Trelawny is seen as a nice place and some criminals see it as a nice little hideout spot, and now with the zones of special operations and states of emergency that are on in Kingston and St Catherine, and also our neighbouring St James, it is not surprising that some of these persons will find their way [to] Trelawny,” DSP Russell stated.

“So I am asking persons that, as community members, we will have to help in the fight against crime and rid our communities of gangsters and criminal elements. We need to form neighbourhood watches, youth groups — with a common purpose of fighting crime. Too many of us are in the business of pointing fingers, but nobody is saying it is our problem,” he continued.

The interim head of the Trelawny Police Division also said that the fast-developing parish is attracting a variety of workers, some of whom are criminals.

Over the last decade, the parish has undergone a range of developments, including hotel construction, the construction of a state-of-the-art cruise ship pier, and the construction of hundreds of houses.

“I must tell you of persons who came to work on the cruise ship pier over seven years ago, some of them are still here in the parish. Some of them have found places... maybe some of them have found females... some of them have captured Crown lands. Some of them are gainfully employed but some of them are engaged in criminal activities,” DSP Russell said.

He was speaking at a special awards dinner put on by the Trelawny Municipal Corporation in honour of members of the Diaspora who have, over the years, contributed to the development of the parish and the historic town of Falmouth.

The senior cop noted that while Trelawny is considered the fourth safest parish in the country, behind Portland, Manchester and St Elizabeth, the police will not let down their guard.

He further disclosed that since the start of the year, there has been a marginal increase in some major crimes, including murder and shootings.

“When we look at a break-down of crimes for Trelawny, we are seeing that we have recorded 22 murders, which is up over last year. At this same period last year, we would have had 17 [murders]. We also see that shootings are up by two, robberies are up by seven, and rape is down by 12.

“Although our numbers are not alarming compared to other parishes, for Trelawny, as we said it is quiet, but we cannot take things for granted,” he told Trelawny natives living overseas.

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