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PILOT
04-09-2006, 02:52 PM
Homicide continues to drop
published: Saturday | April 8, 2006

Glenroy Sinclair, Staff Reporter


Despite a reported downswing in crime, the gun remains the number one weapon of choice. - File


JAMAICA'S HOMICIDE rate continued its downward trend for a third consecutive month in March. However the Corporate Area and St. Catherine which have recorded the highest number of murders over the past five years, remain the major killing fields.

Of the 313 persons murdered up to the end of March, 209 of the victims were killed in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine. The parishes with the least number of murders so far are; St. Ann with six, Trelawny five, St. Elizabeth four, St. Mary three and Hanover and Portland two each.

For the corresponding period last year the country's murder rate stood at a staggering 418. For the same period in 2004, the figure was 277. According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) crime review, the police are yet to establish the motive for 195 of the murders. The motive for another 99 have been categorised as "other criminal acts', which include reprisals and robberies.

GUN STILL WEAPON OF CHOICE

The gun continues to be the most popular murder weapon. Statistics released by the police indicate that 228 of the victims were killed by the gun, another 49 were stabbed while 10 were chopped to death. One person was killed by ice pick and 24 were murdered by other implements.

Up to the end of March, the police had seized 184 illegal guns, five fewer than the number seized during the corresponding period last year.

Major Crimes
2006 2005
Murder 313 419
Shooting 284 436
Rape 149 185
Carnal Abuse 76 71
Robbery 533 492
Breaking 295 415
Larceny 28 42

PILOT
04-09-2006, 02:56 PM
More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006


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This woman prays for the bloodshed to end in Spanish Town yesterday during an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The police yesterday started deploying extra troops into violence-torn Spanish Town on the same day that an estimated 5,000 persons prayed for an end to the intermittent bloodshed that has claimed at least 17 lives over the past two weeks.

But with police and soldiers already posted in other trouble spots across the capital, it was unclear how many law enforcement officers could be sent to the old capital.

"What has to be done is to. shift resources from one area to another on the basis of priority," Acting Commissioner of Police Charles Scarlett told the Observer late yesterday evening, after a meeting between the police top brass and the Spanish Town business community at Twickenham Park on the outskirts of the historic town.

"An increase in police presence can be expected in the town, and we will stay the course until the town returns to normal," added Scarlett, who will today resume his duties as a deputy commissioner on the return to office of Commissioner Lucius Thomas, who was abroad.

Spanish Town Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Robotham emerged from the same meeting expressing confidence in the police plan.

"We are satisfied that something can be worked out for the peace of Spanish Town" he told the Observer. "Based on the response of Acting Commissioner Scarlett, I believe we can look forward to change immediately."

According to Robotham, the police need to maintain a sustained presence in the town. "We cannot afford to have police on the streets whenever there is a crime for the first two days, and after that none can be seen" he said.

Spanish Town has been affected by sporadic violence for some time now as rival gangs - the Clansman, who support the ruling People's National Party and the One Order, who are aligned to the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party - fight for turf and control of a lucrative extortion business in the town.

With frustration mounting over the bloodletting, the Power of Faith Ministries - in association with the Jamaica Full Gospel Assemblies - staged an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in the town yesterday.

According to Spanish Town ministers fraternal chairman Bishop Rowan Edwards, the Full Gospel Assemblies believe Spanish Town and Jamaica are under a curse which must be broken.

He urged Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to call a national gathering of churches and Christians at the National Stadium to ask God for deliverance from the scourge of crime and violence. Yesterday's day of prayer, he said, was for the healing of the nation and to send a signal to criminals that the violence and carnage must stop.

"We want to take this service of prayer nationally. We want a united gathering of every church to meet at the National Stadium to spend a day crying out to God," said Bishop Edwards. "What we are doing here today is for the Spanish Town community, but we want to take it nationally to the National Stadium where the prime minister herself would call the gathering and say let's go before God for help."

Since her March 30 inauguration as Jamaica's seventh prime minister, Simpson Miller has been reaching out to the church community, asking them to play a more active role in governance and has said she would order the inclusion of pastors on the boards of state agencies.

"The PM is calling on the name of God so much, I think that the quicker she gets it done the better it will be," Bishop Edwards said of his proposed gathering of churches.

During yesterday's vigil, aptly titled 'Heal the family, heal the nation, curse the curse', Opposition member of parliament for Central St Catherine, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, was overcome by emotion as she condemned the recent spate of murders.

Grange, whose constituency includes sections of Spanish Town, was in the middle of an address to the worshippers when she stopped talking for about a minute, held down her head and appeared to be crying. Nearly the entire congregation, housed under two large tents and spilling over onto the grounds, began shouting "hallelujah" and "praise the Lord".

Grange resumed speaking after being consoled by Spanish Town mayor Dr Andrew Wheatley, who was among the guests on the platform,

"I condemn fully the murders that have been taking place in Spanish Town," Grange said. "I totally condemn it. It doesn't matter who is doing it, it doesn't matter what side is doing it or if all sides are doing it. I condemn it unreservedly. I am appealing for it to stop now."

The ministers who addressed the vigil said that the Devil was let loose like a roaring lion in Spanish Town and encouraged prayers for restoration and spiritual deliverance. They called on political leaders to publicly denounce violence and tribalism and asked God to penetrate the Clansman and One Order gangs and silence them.

Tuff Gong
04-09-2006, 02:59 PM
The police and the media are in collusion to fool up themselves. Murders drop but it is against the year before that was a disputed figure (because the stats were not released, but a figure was just magically given at the end of the year), but nonetheless was a record.

The police should just do their work and shut up.

PILOT
04-11-2006, 03:15 PM
Jamaica has been tabbed the world's most homicidal country since reporting 1,674 killings last year, a rate of 62 per 100,000 residents. The country had ranked third in the most recent U.N. global assessment, in 2000, with 32 per 100,000, behind Colombia's 61 and South Africa's 49. By contrast, anarchic Haiti, usually seen as the most unstable country in the Caribbean, had fewer than 20 homicides per 100,000 last year.

Jamaica's shootings, stabbings and rapes mostly occur in Kingston, but bystanders and even tourists may be at greater risk as the incidence increases.

Jamaica's reputed homicide title coincided, surprisingly, with a record year for tourism, with 2.5 million foreign visitors to the island. Only two of the homicide victims were tourists, but analysts say the violence, even if largely confined to the capital, threatens to take a toll on the island's image.

"As their reputation as having the highest per capita murder rate in the world gets out there, it will give people pause to consider whether they want to come to Jamaica for vacation or go to Cancun or the Dominican Republic instead," said a Western diplomat who cited government policy in declining to be identified. He said the governments of the United States, Canada and Britain, whose citizens account for more than 90% of Jamaican tourism, might have to consider traveler advisories if the violence worsened.

"It is a threat, of course, in the sense that having the crime problem that we do creates a perception that the destination is not safe. But we have been working to ensure that potential visitors to Jamaica are aware that it is quite safe," said Paul Pennycook, director of the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Rise In Bloodshed beclouds Caribbean paradise (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-anger4apr04,1,3904924.story?coll=la-headlines-world)

sophiadieheart
04-26-2006, 02:44 AM
Pennycook need fi open him eyes a little wider.

Q3210
04-26-2006, 04:32 AM
Jamaica has many loose floorboards and for it to be inviting visitors risking them losing their footing as they walk aloofly is another act of contempt on people for the thought of making money.

Tuff Gong
04-26-2006, 10:35 AM
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More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006


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This woman prays for the bloodshed to end in Spanish Town yesterday during an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Gunmen kill four in betting shop assault

Observer Reporter
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Four more lives were taken yesterday in the intermittent violence that has plagued Spanish Town for the past three months, pushing to 54 the number of murders reported in the old capital since the start of the year.

Yesterday's murders were committed by a group of gunmen who invaded an Off Track Betting (OTB) outlet at Greendale at about 9:20 am and sprayed the place with bullets.

Police said seven persons were in the OTB at the time of the bloody assault. All seven were hit. Three died on the spot. They are:
. Errol Welsh, 44, of Thompson Pen, Spanish Town;
. Abraham McNaughty, 48, of Jones Avenue, Spanish Town; and
. a man identified only as 'Little Dread', who the police estimate to be in his late 40s.

Thirty-two year-old Everton Pottinger of Thompson Pen, who was among those injured and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital, died at about 1:00 pm.

The police were unable to establish any motive for the shootings, and, up to yesterday evening, were still investigating.

The manager for the betting outlet, who declined to give his name, said he did not believe the attack was a robbery attempt. He was, however, unable to provide any possible reason for the incident. He also could not give an estimate of the losses the shop would suffer because of the attack.

Yesterday's attack brings to at least 11 the number of victims of shooting incidents in Spanish Town over the past three days.
Last Saturday, two girls, both of whom are below the age of six, and two women were shot and injured after gunmen invaded their home at March Pen Road.

The recent outbreaks of violence in Spanish Town were triggered by clashes between rival gangs - the Clansman, which is linked to the ruling People's National Party, and One Order, which supports the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party - over control of a lucrative extortion racket in the town.
Gunmen kill four in betting shop assault (http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20060425T160000-0500_103378_OBS_GUNMEN_KILL_FOUR_IN_BETTING_SHOP_A SSAULT_.asp)

mangoskin
04-26-2006, 11:22 AM
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Spanish Town has been affected by sporadic violence for some time now as rival gangs - the Clansman, who support the ruling People's National Party and the One Order, who are aligned to the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party - fight for turf and control of a lucrative extortion business in the town.


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remo
04-26-2006, 12:54 PM
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Tuff Gong
04-26-2006, 06:11 PM
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More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/images/20060406T000000-0500_102056_OBS_MORE_COPS_FOR_SPANISH_TOWN_1.jpg
This woman prays for the bloodshed to end in Spanish Town yesterday during an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Wed Apr 26, 2006
Building contractor killed in latest Spanish Town violence

The Spanish Town Police are investigating yet another murder, the fifth in less than 24 hours.
The latest killing took place Wednesday morning when a building contractor was shot and killed in Phase One of the Angels Estates Housing Scheme, located on the outskirts of Spanish Town.

The dead man has been identified as Arthur Smith otherwise called Max.

It is reported that just after 7:00 Wednesday morning, Mr. Smith was sitting in his Toyota Tacoma pick-up on Tadeo Drive when his vehicle was shot up by heavily armed men who were travelling in a white car.

Mr. Smith died on the spot.

Tuesday four men died after gunmen opened fire on a gambling establishment in Greendale.

Following that shooting, members of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) and church groups toured crime-plagued sections of Spanish Town.

PMI Head, Bishop Herro Blair, said during the meetings with members of the various communities, assurances were given that there would not be any reprisal attacks.

Building contractor killed in latest Spanish Town violence (http://www.radiojamaica.com/news/story.php?category=2&story=24362)

Q3210
04-27-2006, 11:33 AM
Tyrone Reid, Staff Reporter

THE ST. Andrew South police have advanced investigations into the murder of a Waterhouse resident, which tragically resulted in the death of a five-year-old girl.

Two young boys were also injured in the sad cycle of events.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Michael Phipps, the officer in charge of crime in St. Andrew South, told The Gleaner yesterday that the police are close to cracking the case.

"We have some good leads and we are working on them," said DSP Phipps. The senior officer was reluctant to release any more information because he believed it would thwart the investigations.

SHOT AND KILLED

On Tuesday Sheridon 'Al Capone' Hibbert, a mechanic, was shot and killed by gunmen from the area while driving his black Toyota Mark II motor car. A bad situation rapidly got worse, as after succumbing to a bullet wound Mr. Hibbert's car slammed into three children.

Shayna Hudson, 5, succumbed to her injuries while the two young boys sustained injuries. One boy's leg was severed after the impact. The other boy is still in hospital nursing injuries.

Sources close to The Gleaner detailed that Mr. Hibbert entered the community via Four Forty Drive, which runs off Seaward Drive. Two young men lured Mr. Hibbert into a conversation as he turned on to Balcombe Drive. While conversing with the men, two other men came from a nearby yard with guns. In a bid to escape, Mr. Hibbert sped off, but it was too late, as he had already been shot. After driving a few chains down the road, Mr. Hibbert, who collapsed over the steering wheel, crashed into the unsuspecting children.

Andrew Holness, Member of Parliament for the West Central St. Andrew constituency, told The Gleaner late yesterday that Shayna's mother was hospitalised due to high blood pressure.

Mr. Holness said he had talks with the family and will be assisting through this period of bereavement.

"I am going to be arranging counselling for them and will be helping with the funeral expenses," he said.

The MP also pointed out that the community was still "very tense and distraught". He added that the police have surmised that the killing was a reprisal for the death of an area leader earlier this year.

Q3210
04-27-2006, 11:37 AM
Glenroy Sinclair and Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Reporters

AT LEAST five statements have already been collected by the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), which is probing Tuesday night's controversial killing of two men by the police, in the Johnson Pen area of Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

"I have assigned a team to investigate this incident, but I have not got an update from them as yet," Acting Assistant Commissioner Granville Gause told The Gleaner yesterday.

The men have been identified as Marlon Beckford, 26, and Dwayne Fisher, 17, both of a Johnson Pen address.

Residents claimed there was no shoot-out, as was reported by the police. The residents further reported that, about 9:30 p.m., a police party drove into the area and fired several shots, killing the men.

Yesterday the protesting residents mounted a roadblock in the area, but after dialogue with the police, the debris was removed from the roadway. However, by daybreak yesterday another person was killed, this time by gunmen who struck at Angels Estate in Spanish Town.

The killing of Arthur 'Max' Smith came on the heels of Tuesday's incident where four persons were shot and killed at a betting shop in Greendale, Spanish Town, and three others hospitalised in serious condition. It is alleged that Mr. Smith was shot about 20 times.

PERMANENT MILITARY POST

Reacting to the spate of shootings, Monsignor Father Richard Albert, who chaired a Crime Prevention Committee meeting of the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce yesterday, called for the Government to establish a permanent military post in the Old Capital.

The business interests, which have identified a building they believe could be suitable for the military post, have proposed to cover the rental cost if necessary.

A mass meeting is to be held today between all the stakeholders in Spanish Town. They are scheduled to have discussions with officials from the Ministry of National Security.

Spanish Town's Mayor, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, said the Parish Council has requested a meeting with the Police High Command on May 3.

"We will be clamping down on a number of illegal activities in the town and will be supporting the police," the Mayor said.

One of the objectives is to implement measures to correct the social ills in the crime-infested communities of Spanish Town.

Hopyoneson
04-27-2006, 11:39 AM
I saw story this yesterday and got very upset, the young man was known to speed through the neigborhood also, why dont these parents allow them kids to play outside in the street. One tragedy became even worst because of that, Such tradegy is beyound words.

Q3210
04-27-2006, 12:06 PM
The ghetto is always lined with people on the streets.

Hopyoneson
04-27-2006, 03:31 PM
yes, a very sad fact that is not limited to only Jamaica, if you want to know a decent neighborhood drive around and see how much people hang out, if there is too much especially during work hours find another place, still so sad the kids lives are ruined by this, my sister got hit by a car off hope road coming home from Ardenne prep, and it was a friday, to this day I still can eat cherry filling doughnuts, as that was my parents treat for us every friday when they came off work and my sister and I used to eat them up watching tv, that news mash up every body day and I was 6 when this happen. So unfortunately this going to stay with them for a while.

Q3210
04-27-2006, 09:37 PM
How was your sisters recovery? Fine I hope.
You know now Hope Road is double-lane.
I knew a family that lived on Ardenne Rd.
Ardenne has made tremendous positive impacts academically especially with Rev. Glen Archer`s spelling bee students.
Remember the girl that won the spelling bee in America.

Hopyoneson
04-27-2006, 10:13 PM
broke her leg and concussion, missed common entrance, it was the principal of ardenne prep who rode with her to the hospital and stayed until my parents came, Ardenne was always a good school. The Driver came to our house and apologized, according to the crowd he treid to run and mi sister got dragged by the mini, the crowd almost kill him from what I heard. Jmaicans were and still are decent people unfortunately we going through a rough spell for the last couple of years.

Tuff Gong
04-29-2006, 10:48 AM
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More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/images/20060406T000000-0500_102056_OBS_MORE_COPS_FOR_SPANISH_TOWN_1.jpg
This woman prays for the bloodshed to end in Spanish Town yesterday during an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Spanish Town woman grieves for slain spouse
'He was a gentleman; why someone wanted to kill him?'
PAUL CLARKE, Observer staff reporter
Saturday, April 29, 2006

DEBBIE-ANN Davey could not control her emotions yesterday.

Davey was up all night Thursday, waiting patiently for her common-law husband Ryan Sean Tomlinson, 35, to return home, after he had left the house to purchase parts for the motor car that was operated as a taxi.

Unfortunately, when Davey finally received news about her loved one it was not good.

Tomlinson's body was discovered in bushes along the Spanish Town Bypass early yesterday morning by residents who alerted the police.

An apparently shocked Davey said her spouse's death came as a surprise. She said Tomlinson, whom she had lived with for five years, was a "gentleman" and was puzzled why someone wanted to kill him.

"I will miss him. We have been together for about five years so you can imagine how I feel right now. He was a total gentleman," Davey said.

The Spanish Town police reported yesterday that about 5:00 pm Thursday, Tomlinson received a telephone call from the driver of his taxi that it was in need of mechanical parts.
Tomlinson, the police added, left the house on a motor bike that he borrowed from a friend to go and purchase the auto parts for the car at a store on Old Harbour Road, just outside of Spanish Town.

It was not clear if Tomlinson purchased the car parts.
Early yesterday morning, Davey, accompanied by one of Tomlinson's siblings, went to the death scene and confirmed the identity of the man she was waiting to see come home.
"Him face mud up, dem kill him!" she screamed.

Davey said the motor bike which Tomlinson had borrowed from a friend was stolen. An undisclosed sum of money which was in his possession was also stolen.

Police investigators said they have identified a man who could help in the investigations surrounding Tomlinson's death. They did not give details.

With the death of Tomlinson, the number of people who have been murdered in Spanish Town this year has reached 64, seven less than the 71 reported cases for the corresponding period of January 1 to April 28, 2005.

Spanish Town woman grieves for slain spouse (http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20060429T010000-0500_103557_OBS_SPANISH_TOWN_WOMAN_GRIEVES_FOR_SLA IN_SPOUSE.asp)

PILOT
05-05-2006, 10:04 AM
Two men shot dead in Spanish Town

Observer Reporter
Friday, May 05, 2006



THE bloodletting continued in Spanish Town yesterday with the shooting death of two men in separate incidents. Police said one of the victims was a member of the notorious One Order gang.

In the first incident, Omar Robinson, 25, of Jobs Lane in Spanish Town, was shot dead at about 11:45 am while he was having a conversation with persons sitting in an open lot in the community.

Police said Robinson was killed by a gunman who was among a group of armed men who drove up in a white Toyota Corolla motor car. He received several shots to the right side of his chest and abdomen.

It was, however, the shooting death of alleged One Order gang member Louis Thomas, alias 'High House', that forced some business operators to pull their shutters early in fear of an outbreak of violence in the old capital.

Thomas, the police reported, was sitting outside the Mother's fast food restaurant at the corner of French and Wellington streets when two men on foot approached him and shot him all over his body.

Two bystanders who were shot and injured in the attack were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital for treatment.

Bloody Easter weekend 2006 (http://www.radiojamaica.com/news/story.php?category=2&story=24159)

Tuff Gong
05-05-2006, 11:42 AM
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More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/images/20060406T000000-0500_102056_OBS_MORE_COPS_FOR_SPANISH_TOWN_1.jpg
This woman prays for the bloodshed to end in Spanish Town yesterday during an all-day prayer vigil at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Extortionists strike?

It is widely circulated in some circles in and around Spanish Town that Cancara top employee, Arthur Smith, was killed because he resisted demands from extortionists linked to the Clansman gang.

Investigators found 21 spent shells on the death scene after the deceased was ambushed and shot several times.

According to sources, Clansman gangsters, whose operatives worked as security personnel at the Salt Pond sewage complex, tried to muscle their way on the payroll at the Portmore shopping complex being built in the vicinity of the Hundred Man Police Station. Cancara manages both projects. Sources disclosed that the gangsters, who offered to supply marl to the Wedgewood Housing Scheme and Portmore, were turned down because the rates were uncompetitive. According to sources, when Smith resisted the attempts he was targeted. However, Cancara’s managing director, Junior Lincoln, is not aware that extortionists killed his “top builder”.

“We have no experience of extortionists demanding money from our employees,” he told the Sunday Herald on Friday.

As a supporter of the Boys Town Football Club, Lincoln said the company was committed to community building and that partisan political support was not a part of the company’s policy. Lincoln said he was not aware of members of any gang member being employed to his company.

Smith’s death, Lincoln said, was a great loss to his company. He said he would leave no stone unturned until his killers were captured.

“Smith was very close to me. He joined the company as a young man and he grew. His death is a personal loss,” Lincoln said.

The contractor was shot killed execution style at his gate at the Angels Housing Scheme on Wednesday morning.


Extortionists strike (http://www.sunheraldjamaica.com/coverstory2.htm)

RichD
05-05-2006, 11:58 AM
so is this still speculaion or yuh get it sey it factual now?

Tuff Gong
05-05-2006, 11:28 PM
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so is this still speculaion or yuh get it sey it factual now?

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Facts!

PILOT
05-15-2006, 11:01 AM
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Mon May 15, 2006
Hope and inspiration for Balcombe Drive

Sunday's visit by some senior police officials to the terror-stricken community of Balcombe Drive appears to have inspired hope and enthusiasm, into fearful residents.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields says he is heartened by the reception in the tense Waterhouse community.

However its reported that if his pronouncements are anything to go by, he is well aware that it will take more than a visit by high-profiled police officers to stem the blood-letting.

For more than a year, terror and grief have been the constant companions of the people of Balcombe Drive.

Scores have died as turf war spilled blood unrelentingly.

Only weeks ago, the nation shuddered as news surfaced that the vehicle of motorist who was shot, mowed down three children killing one.

DCP Shields and his team ventured into the area last week.

He recalled that empty streets bore testimony of community gripped by raw fear.

But Sunday was a different story.

DCP Shields went into the area again with well known model Nadine Willis and popular entertainer Beenie Man, among others.

DCP Shields congratulated Head of the St. Andrew South, Supt Newton Amos and his team for a 40 per cent reduction in crime in the division.

But he conceded that Balcombe Drive has stubbornly remained a hot spot in the midst of strenuous crime-fighting initiatives.

He stressed that more input is needed from the community to assist crime fighting efforts.

In the meantime, the Member of Parliament for West Central St. Andrew, Andrew Holness is welcoming the visit by the DCP Shields and his team into the PNP stronghold of Balcombe Drive.

He has echoed the sentiments of DCP Shields that the people of the community will have to do more to end the blood shed.

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Shields: Cops still on the alert
published: Monday | May 15, 2006

Yahneake Sterling, Staff Reporter

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060515/lead/Images/TourA20060514NG.JPG more in this lead story from the Gleaner >> (http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060515/lead/lead1.html)

In an attempt to halt the upsurge of violence in the community, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields (second right) toured sections of Waterhouse yesterday. Accompanying Mr. Shields (from left) are: Patrick Roberts, caretaker for West Central St. Andrew; Junior Stewart, councillor for the area; and DJ Beenie Man. - NORMAN GRINDLEY/DEPUTY CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

AMID REPORTS of a 20 per cent reduction in crime since the start of the year, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields says the police will be continuing to target 'hot spots'.

He was speaking with The Gleaner yesterday while on a tour of the troubled com-munities of Balcombe Drive and Olympic Way in St. Andrew.





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PILOT
06-18-2006, 03:03 PM
Minister Peter Phillips have noted that crime levels remain High, despite a 21 % reduction in Crime since the start of the year. Last Month a police sergeant was ambushed and shot to death in Ensom City, a residential neighbourhood in volatile Spanish Town, St Catherine, becoming the sixth cop to die this year.

Last year, 13 police officers were murdered.


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Crime plan pays off in east Kingston
published: Wednesday | June 14, 2006


POLICE IN the Kingston Eastern Division are crediting its 90-day Crime Reduction Action Plan for a significant reduction in homicides there.

Superintendent Assan Thompson said yesterday that 19 murders have been committed in east Kingston communities in the past three months, 31 fewer than the same period last year. "When we launched this plan we wanted to see a 10 per cent reduction in homicides and shootings," Supt. Thompson told The Gleaner yesterday. "Homicides are down 62 per cent and shootings are down by 42 per cent, so we are feeling reasonably good."
Supt. Thompson said that, of the nine divisions in east Kingston, only two remain hostile - Rockfort, a community prone to bursts of gang violence, and Bull Bay.

"All the others, including Franklyn Town, Rollington Town, Mountain View, have seen a major reduction in crime," he said.

Superintendent Thompson, who has been in charge of the Kingston Eastern Police Division since mid-February, said the second phase of its 90-day crime plan started June 2.

FLARE-UPS

Several communities in east Kingston, including Rockfort and Franklin Town, have been rattled by gun violence in 2005. Five persons were murdered in Franklyn Town on the evening of February 11 and early February 12.

Three weeks after those incidents, Delano 'Delly Bop' Waite, who police say was connected to the shootings, was killed by a squad from the Kingston Eastern Division. Police say Waite, 26, was linked to gang violence in the community and had been on their most wanted list.

The lawmen have not escaped the criminal onslaught. In February, residents in McIntyre Villa, commonly known as Dunkirk, set ablaze three police service vehicles to protest the shooting of Donovan Clarke who lived in the area.



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Sinco01
06-20-2006, 07:06 PM
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More cops for Spanish Town
Churches pray that God will silence guns
Observer Reporter
Thursday, April 06, 2006

"What has to be done is to. shift resources from one area to another on the basis of priority," Acting Commissioner of Police Charles Scarlett told the Observer late yesterday evening, after a meeting between the police top brass and the Spanish Town business community at Twickenham Park on the outskirts of the historic town.

"An increase in police presence can be expected in the town, and we will stay the course until the town returns to normal," added Scarlett

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"shift resources" .. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

dat don't mek no sense ...
den what going happen out East when dem do dat .. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif