Ad­dress Bogue Heights crime fears

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: I WRITE in ref­er­ence to a let­ter to The Gleaner edi­tor penned by a re­turn­ing res­i­dent from the United Kingdom who lives in the Bogue Heights area of Mon­tego Bay call­ing on the po­lice com­mis­sioner, Carl Wil­liams, to im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate sus­pi­cious cars and bikes lurk­ing around that up­scale com­mu­nity.

As a con­cerned cit­i­zen of Mon­tego Bay, I do hope that the com­mis­sioner will per­son­ally have this se­ri­ous safety is­sue promptly in­ves­ti­gated be­cause mat­ters such as these can­not be taken lightly and in­volve the safety of all those per­sons and home­own­ers who re­side in the area.

I re­call, as the in­formed and con­cerned let­ter writer pointed out, that some months ago, three per­sons were slaugh­tered in the New Ram­ble area and eight oth­ers shot and in­jured, and to date, no one has been re­port­edly ar­rested and charged for those grue­some mur­ders. Why is the sta­tus on those mur­ders, Mr Com­mis­sioner?

From my per­spec­tive, not enough in-depth po­lice work is go­ing into find­ing, ar­rest­ing and charg­ing those scam­mers who are ex­tort­ing mil­lions of United States dol­lars from res­i­dents in that coun­try each year.

Does the po­lice lot­teryscam­ming unit have enough re­sources and equip­ment to in­ves­ti­gate those scam­mers op­er­at­ing all over the parish of St James and with im­punity? Is the in­tel­li­gence arm of the force ca­pa­ble of in­ves­ti­gat­ing and nab­bing those scam­mers who have hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars at their dis­posal and ca­pa­ble of cor­rupt­ing tens of po­lice of­fi­cers?

I urge the com­mis­sioner as well to fo­cus more of his time on ap­pre­hend­ing the scam­mers in St James and ad­dress that se­ri­ous prob­lem in Bogue Heights.

We must be­gin to be con­cerned as citizens for our fel­low­men and fel­low women, wher­ever they raise is­sues, and es­pe­cially in­volv­ing their per­sonal safety. If there were reg­u­lar po­lice pa­trols in the Bogue Heights area, the re­turn­ing res­i­dent would not have had to be rais­ing the is­sue in The Gleaner. RICHARD L. TOM­LIN­SON dr­tom­lin­son22@out­ Mon­tego Bay

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