Manchester po­lice say parish open for busi­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

THE MANCHESTER Po­lice are seek­ing to as­sure busi­nesses and res­i­dents that crime is un­der con­trol and that the parish is open for busi­ness. “Manchester has seen mi­gra­tory crim­i­nals com­ing in from time to time to the south side from Claren­don and Kingston and pos­ing a prob­lem. We have done some strate­gic moves in terms of de­ploy­ment in that south side. It has been bear­ing fruits,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, (ACP) Dono­van Gra­ham, said, not­ing that more ru­ral ar­eas such as Asia and Vic­to­ria are be­ing af­fected.

“Manchester is open for busi­ness and the po­lice stand ready to con­tinue the ex­cel­lent polic­ing,” said Gra­ham who heads Po­lice Area Three, in which Manchester falls.

But busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives and civic lead­ers are not sat­is­fied that enough is be­ing done.

“Cer­tainly, we have a crime prob­lem, and what con­cerns us about this crime prob­lem is what’s the plan” said Sally Porteous, Cus­tos of Manchester at a Gleaner Growth and Jobs Fo­rum in the parish last week. “While I think we have a terrific su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice here, who has a clear up rate of about 70 per cent, it doesn’t make peo­ple feel se­cure in run­ning their busi­ness, ex­pand­ing their busi­ness, mak­ing fu­ture plans, to say noth­ing about the fear for the safety of their fam­i­lies, chil­dren.”

The parish suf­fered from the global eco­nomic re­ces­sion of 2008 which led to the clo­sure of lo­cal alu­mina plants a key driver of the eco­nomic pros­per­ity in cen­tral Ja­maica for years.

With Chi­nese in­vestors set to pump bil­lions in up­grad­ing the Al­part alu­mina plant in nearby St El­iz­a­beth, the Manchester stake­hold­ers say the crime sit­u­a­tion, which Porteous claimed is ex­pand­ing into ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, needs to be ar­rested.

Michael Gottshallk, man­ager, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic af­fairs at the Manchester Cham­ber of Com­merce, said his group has been help­ing to boost po­lice re­sources as there is a need in the parish for more sur­veil­lance and pa­trols.


“The CCTV has been an on­go­ing is­sue for sev­eral years now. The mo­tor vehicle re­pairs is the new­est one. Over the past, say, 12 months or so, we have been able to do­nate tyres, mo­tor vehicle bat­ter­ies, and we’ve been able to bring back into com­mis­sion maybe a few units which we are pretty sure would have as­sisted them in their mo­bil­ity.”

“In terms of our level of sat­is­fac­tion, we see where things could be a lit­tle bet­ter. Yes, we give them back the units to go on the road,

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