Ma­jor crime trend­ing down in Hanover — Beeput

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Bryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

THE TOP lead­er­ship of the Hanover Po­lice di­vi­sion said based on their 2018 crime statis­tics to date, the par­ish is now see­ing a down­turn in ma­jor crimes in com­par­i­son to the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year.

In an ad­dress at a com­mu­nity meet­ing in the Hopewell com­mu­nity last week­end, Su­per­in­ten­dent Sharon Beeput, the par­ish’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, pointed out that in the ar­eas of shoot­ings and mur­der, t he sit­u­a­tion is in a bet­ter state than last year. “Since the start of the year, we have nine mur­ders in Hanover in com­par­i­son to 17 over a sim­i­lar pe­riod last year,” said Beeput, in ex­press­ing a mea­sure of sat­is­fac­tion for the 47 per cent re­duc­tion in mur­ders and 50 per cent in shoot­ings since the start of the year.

“Our ob­jec­tives for this year is to have a re­duc­tion in mur­ders and shoot­ings. What­ever we can do to re­duce the crime rate, we will be work­ing hard at it,” added the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer.

How­ever, Beeput pointed out that de­spite the ef­forts of the po­lice, there has been an in­crease in rape and rob­beries, with five rob­beries com­mit­ted since the start of the year in com­par­i­son to one over the sim­i­lar pe­riod in 2017. She said while there were no re­ported cases of rape last year, the par­ish has had one so far this year.

DI­VIDED INTO ZONES

In speak­ing to some of the polic­ing strate­gies adopted to cur­tail crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties n the par­ish, she noted that the par­ish has been di­vided into po­lice zones for proper mon­i­tor­ing.

“We have from zone one to zone three. Zone one is in­clu­sive of Lucea and Sandy Bay, zone two is Ram­ble and zone three is in­clu­sive of Green Is­land and

“What­ever we can do, we have to do it to re­duce the gang ac­tiv­ity”

Kingsvale,” said Beeput. “We have a su­per­vi­sor who is in charge of these spe­cial zones to give us a feed­back and make sure that these ar­eas are kept safe.”

Beeput listed gang ac­tiv­ity and lot­tery scam­ming as the main con­trib­u­tors to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in Hanover, adding that, “What­ever we can do, we have to do it to re­duce the gang ac­tiv­ity”.

FOUR AC­TIVE GANGS

She pointed out that there are still four ac­tive gangs in the east­ern sec­tion of the par­ish, who are us­ing the pro­ceeds of lot­tery scam­ming to fi­nance their il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In her drive to put com­mu­nity polic­ing on the par­ish’s radar, Beeput praised the sup­port she has been get­ting from the res­i­dents.

“I al­ways like to be a part of the com­mu­nity, I have been go­ing around and this is what is giv­ing us the re­sults that we want,” said Beeput. “As po­lice of­fi­cers, we can­not live too far from the com­mu­nity ... we have to com­mu­ni­cate with you, be­cause you are the per­sons who can help us to have the re­duc­tion that we are aim­ing for.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Sharon Beeput, Hanover’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer.

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