ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Cops assigned to the Linstead Police station in St Catherine say they seized a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in the town on Thursday.
Reports are that between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm police personnel conducted operations in the Clarkes area of the town, During the process an unfinishe ...more »
THE Police High Command on Sunday met with officials of the Chinese Embassy, Chinese businessmen and members of their civic groups to discuss the frequent attacks on Chinese nationals in Jamaica, and steps being taken by the police to deal with the matter.
The High Command, in updating the Chinese community on the risk assessment done by the National Intelligence Bureau, engaged them in full discussion on some of the practices that made members of their community vulnerable to crime.
The police agreed to implement a raft of security measures to protect the Chinese community in Jamaica, and their businesses in particular, and announced the appointment of liaison officers to deal with issues affecting the Chinese.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis was named as the national liaison officer and all divisional commanders will be liaison officers at their level, and are to make themselves readily available to receive calls and respond to e-mails.
Both the police and members of the Chinese community agreed also to regular scheduled meetings at the High Command level as well as the divisional level to ensure the police are updated on matters that affect the Chinese and that speedy and appropriate responses are made.
The police used the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the Chinese community and the value of its contribution to commerce in Jamaica, and gave the assurance that it is committed to a most comprehensive set of measures, which will assure them and their businesses in Jamaica
For their part, the Chinese promised to assist the process of communication by translating and holding discussions with their fellow countrymen on the measures agreed to on the role they will play.
The frequent attacks on Chinese in Jamaica was raised by President Xi Jinping during talks with Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during her official visit to Beijing last week.
Police believe Chinese in Jamaica are targeted because they travel with large amounts of cash as they do not use the formal banking system.
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