St Ann police beg for support of residents
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The St Ann police have assured residents of the parish that they were working to ensure their safety, despite six murders last month.
However, the police said crime fighting is a team effort and called on residents to provide information they may have to help in solving crimes in the parish.
"We refuse to have a repeat of March 2014," Senior Superintendent of Police Yvonne Martin-Daley, head of the St Ann police, told a press conference at the St Ann Police Headquarters in St Ann's Bay on Wednesday.
There was one murder n the parish January but none in February. However, March took a drastic turn with the six murders. The seven reported murders up to March this year equalled the seven recorded for the corresponding period in 2013. The murders, police said, were spread across six police divisions in the parish.
"The police are making every effort to clear these crimes," said Martin-Daley.
Deputy Superintendent Gladston Ellis, the officer in charge of crime in the parish, said several persons of interest have been identified in several of the murders.
In the meantime, SSP Martin-Daley said that a number of the crimes committed in the parish were related to domestic issues, involving persons having problems with each other and seeking to address these issues on their own.
"Rather than take the issues in your own hands, speak to the police," she said. Martin-Daley said the police were focusing on social intervention to help people resolve issues. She said the St Ann police have been going into the schools and speaking to students.