Parish’s top cop talks tough

The Star (Jamaica) - - COMMENTS - ADRIAN FRATER STAR Writer

The Hanover Police High Com­mand is de­ter­mined to make the parish ‘scam-free’ as early as pos­si­ble.

“We are in a re­lent­less mood, and we are sat­is­fied that we have of­fi­cers with the skills needed to build suc­cess­ful cases against these scam­mers,” said Sharon Beeput, the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the western parish. “No scam­mer should feel safe in this parish at this time.”

In June, a group of 15 scam­mers, in­clud­ing 22-year-old Oraine Gray, of Haughton Grove dis­trict in Ram­ble, Hanover, who is wanted in the United States on lot­tery scam­ming-re­lated charges, were convicted in the Hanover Parish Court. Last week, an­other 13 pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court.

Among that group, three of them, in­clud­ing Ro­maine Grant, were from St James ad­dresses.

BUILD­ING CASES

“Over the past six to eight months, we have ar­rested a num­ber of ma­jor scam­mers to in­clude some with ties to crim­i­nal gangs,” said Beeput. “We are tak­ing the time to build strong cases against them be­cause when they are convicted, it will send a mes­sage to other per­sons, who might be think­ing of be­com­ing scam­mers.”

Beeput said that be­cause of the state of pub­lic emer­gency and the zone of spe­cial op­er­a­tions in St James, many of the scam­mers fled to Hanover and re­cruited un­at­tached young peo­ple.

“They are the ones bring­ing in the guns and fi­nanc­ing the gangs,” she said.

How­ever, based on the suc­cess that they are now en­joy­ing against the scam­mers, Beeput is con­fi­dent that Hanover, which was once the na­tion’s safest parish, will not only have a peace­ful Christ­mas, but a pro­gres­sive 2019.

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