Cops con­fi­dent in war against MoBay thugs

We have a lot of as­sets, but there could al­ways be more, says Com­mish

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Adrian Frater News Editor adrian.frater@glean­erjm.com

WEST­ERN BU­REAU: PO­LICE COM­MIS­SIONER Dr Carl Wil­liams yes­ter­day stated that while the se­cu­rity forces could do well with more crime-fight­ing as­sets in vi­o­lence-torn St James, he is con­fi­dent that be­tween the army and the po­lice, the wan­ton law­less­ness can be reined in.

“We have a lot of as­sets, but there could al­ways be more. We are still op­er­at­ing within lim­i­ta­tions,” the com­mis­sioner, who was on his sec­ond visit to St James in four days, said as he ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence.

“We will make the best use of what we have and we will bring in more from time to time.”

Added Wil­liams: “In fact, we are plan­ning as we speak to bring in ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers. I be­lieve the army is maxed out at this time, but we will still try to lean on them a lit­tle more. We will be do­ing the best we can to en­sure the cit­i­zens of Mon­tego Bay are safe.”

Ma­jor Mur­phy Pryce of the Ja­maica De­fence Force, who was at the press con­fer­ence fea­tur­ing the top brass of the po­lice Area One com­mand struc­ture, said the mil­i­tary had brought in sig­nif­i­cant as­sets with spe­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties that do not nor­mally re­side in the west.

“The chief of de­fence staff has re­as­signed many of the troops that have been op­er­at­ing else­where in the coun­try to St James. There­fore, we brought for­ward two more com­pa­nies of sol­diers to op­er­ate with the St James po­lice,” said Pryce.

“We have also brought with us cer­tain op­er­a­tion-plan­ning ca­pa­bil­i­ties to as­sist our po­lice coun­ter­parts. We also brought along some aug­men­ta­tion of the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices that are here.

“We also brought in what we con­sider spe­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties that do not nor­mally re­side here. We brought in an air­craft and some ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers. So we are sup­port­ing the polic­ing ef­fort in a sig­nif­i­cant way and will con­tinue to do so,” the ma­jor added.

REAP­ING SUC­CESS

It would ap­pear that while there have been ad­di­tional killings since the start of the lat­est ini­tia­tive against the ma­raud­ing gang­sters, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Mar­lon Nes­beth says the lat­est ef­fort has been reap­ing some amount of suc­cess based on per­sons killed in con­fronta­tions with the po­lice and per­sons who have been taken into cus­tody.

“We have launched cer­tain ini­tia­tives from last week. We saw it bear fruit, where we got some of the men we have been seek­ing to the ex­tent that some have turned them­selves in,” said Nes­beth, in not­ing that all avail­able as­sets were be­ing used.

Nes­beth also broke the news that Alex ‘Buji’ Dally, one of the pris­on­ers who re­cently es­caped po­lice cus­tody dur­ing a jail break in west Kingston, was re­cap­tured ear­lier in the day dur­ing a po­lice op­er­a­tion in White­house, West­more­land.

Dur­ing a tour of St James yes­ter­day, the po­lice com­mis­sioner vis­ited schools in Glen­de­von and Re­trieve, two of the ar­eas worst af­fected by vi­o­lence. He had high praise for the teach­ers in Glen­de­von, who have de­vel­oped a pro­to­col to keep their stu­dents safe and away from harm dur­ing even sus­tained pe­ri­ods of gun­fire.

WIL­LIAMS

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