Police making progress breaking up Jamaica gangs

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 21, 2008 – Police in Jamaica have reported success in dismantling gangs across the country, revealing that citizens have played a major role in achieving that progress.

That word has come from Deputy Superintendent in charge of operation in the Clarendon Police Division, Patrick Murdock.

He said many gang members have been taken into custody as a result of citizens passing on crucial information to the police.

“The guys who are responsible for the problems in the communities are well known. We have a number of them in jail awaiting trial and as the people continue to play their part in ridding communities of these persons, we will see a significant drop in crimes being committed,” the senior officer said.

“I urge everyone to call any of the senior officers and tell what you know,” he urged, while informing that the Clarendon police has received additional resources to beef up crime fighting measures.

Vice Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Development Committee (CPDC), Dr. Edward Wright, said that the group will continue to work with the police, the Social Development Commission (SDC), and parents and teachers associations to curb crime in the parish.

“We have to work with communities to fight the crime. We are our brother’s keepers. We have to separate the few bad men from those who want to see good in the communities,” he said.