Jamaican police on high alert
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 13, 2012 – Police officers who live or work in Spanish Town and surrounding areas have been placed on high alert.
That’s because the threat of violence in the St. Catherine has been upgraded to extreme despite curfews being instituted over the past week, thereby making the possibility of officers being attacked by criminals imminent.
And the high command of the Jamaican constabulary is advising residents and all those who work in the affected areas to exercise caution, and its officers take the threat level seriously even when off duty.
The upgrade follows a series of incidents made against them, including threats from criminals aligned to gangs in the area.
Such incidents include the shooting death of top Klansman gang member Renard Harrison during a police operation in Cherry Gardens, and the murders of his common-law wife and her mother over the weekend.
Police have been threatened by criminals involved in gangs in the Spanish Town area since the shootings.
However, police have been assured that they have the full backing of the force’s High Command to take any lawful action necessary to defend themselves and citizens of Jamaica.