Don’t come here!
New St Elizabeth police chief warns migrating criminals
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Community relations, farm theft and migrant criminals are high on the agenda for the new man in charge of the St Elizabeth Police Division, Superintendent Lanford Salmon.
The 49-year-old Salmon, who has served the Jamaica Constabulary for 30 years, took control of St Elizabeth last week, replacing Superintendent Dezeita Taylor. The latter has moved on to a position at the Inspectorate of the constabulary.
"To begin with, we (police) must continue to build on the good relationship we have with the public in St Elizabeth; we must target those criminals who prey on our hard-working farmers, and we must make sure that everyone understands there is no safe haven for criminals in St Elizabeth," Salmon told the Jamaica Observer.
"I am saying to wrongdoers in other places, who might be thinking about visiting low-crime areas such as St Elizabeth, 'don't come here' because we are looking out for you," Salmon said.
The native of Porus in Manchester said he was looking forward to strengthening links between the police and citizens. He was insistent that a good, solid relationship between police and community reduces crime.
Salmon, who described himself as "humbled" by his promotion, said his years of service in St Elizabeth had taught him that "this parish is one of those where people have a definite love for the police; we can't let them down".
The police superintendent said he and his team would be implementing sensible and creative strategies to stem the movement of criminals and guard against farm thieves in a parish often referred to as Jamaica's breadbasket because of its high level of domestic food production.
In the meantime, Salmon, who previously was a deputy superintendent in charge of anti-crime operations in St Elizabeth, welcomed the promotion of the highly respected crime fighter Paul Bernard -- previously an inspector -- to that position. "I believe we will make a very good team," Salmon said.
The new police chief in St Elizabeth thanked the Area Command and High Command of the JCF for the faith shown in him. He also expressed his profound gratitude to police personnel in St Elizabeth "who have worked with me as we try our utmost best to ensure peace and stability".