West Kingston gangs put $1M bounty on cops – JCF

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

THE PO­LICE High Com­mand is re­mind­ing mem­bers of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) that the threat level for po­lice of­fi­cers re­mains at ex­treme. This means that at­tacks against the po­lice are highly prob­a­ble.

The re­minder comes as a re­sult of re­cent de­vel­op­ments, where crim­i­nals aligned to ma­jor gangs op­er­at­ing in west Kingston have been send­ing on­line threats and of­fer­ing re­wards rang­ing from $100,000 to $1 mil­lion for the death of po­lice of­fi­cers, the High Com­mand said.

It added that crim­i­nals are mak­ing the threats on the lives of po­lice of­fi­cers who have been work­ing and pre­vent­ing gang mem­bers from in­vad­ing the Den­ham Town and Tivoli com­mu­ni­ties.

“These threats against the lives of the po­lice are in a bid to re­duce their ef­fec­tive­ness,” the re­lease said.

IN­CREASE VIGILANCE

Con­se­quently, the High Com­mand is ad­vis­ing mem­bers, es­pe­cially those who live and work in the Kingston Western Divi­sion and the Cor­po­rate Area, to in­crease their vigilance on or off duty and take nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice per­son­nel are be­ing urged to con­tinue to per­form their du­ties with­out the fear of the threats from crim­i­nals as the JCF seeks to ful­fil its man­date of sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing crime and pro­tect lives.

“Mem­bers are also be­ing re­minded to use law­ful jus­ti­fi­able force to de­fend them­selves and in­no­cent law-abid­ing cit­i­zens from vi­o­lent at­tack by crim­i­nal el­e­ments. The po­lice are as­sur­ing the pub­lic that they will not re­lent in car­ry­ing out their du­ties, as the safety of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens is a pri­or­ity,” the re­lease said.

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Po­lice on pa­trol in Kingston.

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