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Police move to reassure residents as tension heightens in West Kingston

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 9:21 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The police are reporting a heightened level of tension in West Kingston.

This, a news release from the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) said late Friday, follows the pronouncements of frustration by residents in the area.

However, the police are now moving to reassure residents that they will continue their "unrelenting efforts" in protecting law-abiding citizens. They police also said that they will pursue criminals and gang members who seek to exercise power over citizens, preventing them from operating within their lawful remits.

The release said that there is now increased operations in the area and that police are appealing for the residents to be patient and to support them.

“Under my leadership, we stand resolute that criminals and gangsters will not prevail," head of the Kingston Western Division Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor said. "We will use the lawful strategies available to ensure that citizens are reassured of a safer community.

The police are also urging residents to avoid involvement in gang-related and organised criminal activities and to report any information they may have about any crime by contacting the Denham Town police at 948-6443, Crime Stop at 311, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

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