21 most wanted persons held since 2012 — security minister

Friday, March 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island's most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017.

The programme provides a reward of $1 million to individuals who supply information that leads to the capture of wanted persons.

Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”.

Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St Catherine yesterday. The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park.

Health Minister and Member of Parliament for St Catherine West Central, where Green Acres is located, Dr Christopher Tufton, said the facility fills an important gap that exists in the area.

He told the gathering that the design plan for a new 20-man station is advanced and is before the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

He argued that the station is necessary, given the expansion in population in the area and further development that is slated for the community.

Tufton pledged to provide resources from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF), among other means, to support the project.

“We are going to make these parts safer against deviants; we have no place for that in this community,” he said.

Earlier, head of the Police Area 5, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick Knight, said the community has been experiencing stability in the last few months.

He reported that there have been frequent police patrols and arrests of suspects.

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