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ACP Graham targets indisciplined motorists in MoBay

Observer West reporter

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Recently assigned commander of the police in Area One, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Donovan Graham, has warned that he will be tackling the perennial menace of unruly motorists operating rampantly across the streets of Montego Bay.

ACP Graham, who took control of the police divisions in the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland on Wednesday, August 2, noted that even before his transfer to western Jamaica, during trips to the tourist resort city, he had been alarmed by the callous disregard of traffic rules and regulations which, he claimed, is widespread among the road users.

“One of the observations is the wanton disregard by motorists for traffic signals on the main thoroughfare and the city of Montego Bay. it is very alarming,” ACP Graham declared.

“It's one of the areas that I will be focusing on. I have already spoken to the senior superintendent in charge of the division, [and] I have spoken to my operations officer of the area for specific focus to be on that — to bring back that order within the public spaces.”

In fact, the head honcho of the Area One police revealed that since taking over at the helm he had to penalise a cabbie who stopped along the busy Barnett Street thoroughfare to pick up passengers, resulting in a pile-up of traffic.

“I had to take action against a taxi man who, in the middle of the street, was taking up passengers, unconcerned about those who were behind him, causing serious blockage on the main thoroughfare. I had to pull him over and some tickets were issued. We have to start sending the message from high level downwards. It can't be business as usual,” ACP Graham emphasised.

The new Area One boss also expressed his resolve to employ “precision policing” as one of his tools to take the fight to criminals.

“The plan is to look at precision policing, and that is to look at the people, the places and the things that are causing the crimes within the entire Area One. Looking at the people, we will be looking at those who are influencing, those who are financing, those who are producing the crimes,” he explained.

“Going after those persons — lottery scammers, the persons who are influencing the crimes, the persons who are financing the men who are the gun toters in these communities.”

But ACP Graham noted that of utmost importance is creating “a motivating environment” for his subordinate staff.

Meanwhile, last week, members of the Montego Bay business community — spearheaded by Lachu Ramchandani — hosted a welcome reception for ACP Graham and senior cops at the Fun and Sun Bar and Jerk Centre at the Shoppes of Rose Hall.

Also in attendance at the glitzy event were Montego Bay's mayor, Homer Davis; head of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Godfrey Dyer; members of the judiciary, among other movers and shakers in the city.

ACP Graham was encouraged by the gesture of the Montego Bay business community.

“It was a wonderful feeling to see you transferred into an area and people who you wouldn't have known before came out and showed support for the police in that way. It sends a strong signal and it is encouraging for me as the ACP, as well as my other management team,” he remarked.

Ramchandani said he was only too happy to spearhead the hosting of the function.

“As a senior justice of the peace, Order of Distinction and being a friend of the police for the last 40-odd years, I feel that it is a part of community service to introduce the ACP. Our biggest problem in Montego Bay is the crime, and we wanted to welcome him and see if we can work together for the betterment of St James and Jamaica,” Ramchandani told the Observer West.




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