Acting commissioner says 2016 was a success; outlines 2017 plans
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant today reported a number of successes for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 2016 and committed to a renewed focus on public order for the new year.
“We will work together internally and externally with the public to be better and more effective in policing,” Grant said at a press conference held at the Office of the Police Commissioner a short while ago.
“There will be strategic and focused deployment of assets. We expect compliance from the public,” she said, adding that police officers are expected to enforce the laws governing public order without bias or malice.
Grant reported that 57 per cent of murders were cleared up last year, which “represents a significant increase over 2015 and previous years”.
Murder figures so far this year stand at 35 in comparison to the 23 incidents recorded over the same period last year.
The acting police commissioner also noted that 7020 wanted persons were arrested, more than 500 people were charged with illegal possession of firearms and 100 per cent of kidnap victims were recovered in 2016.
Praedial larceny is a challenge, Grant admitted, but said that more than 1000 operations were conducted to help farmers to reduce theft of produce.
Meanwhile, the police force is to scale up its investigative capacity to track down lottery scammers.
Just yesterday, the lawmen reported the arrest of six suspected lottery scammers during targeted operations over a one-week period.
“We are coming after you,” Grant warned other culprits involved in the illicit lottery scam.
Grant’s commitments come a day after it was announced that the Government will be spending approximately $5.5 billion more in the 2016/17 supplementary budget to increase the capacity of the security forces to combat crime and violence.
The figure includes $2.93 billion to be spent on improving the security of the country’s borders and reducing its vulnerability to the importation of guns and the trafficking of drugs.