'Not a bag-a-mouth'

Falmouth mayor vows to stamp out illegal activities in Trelawny

Observer West reporter

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Declaring that he is not all talk and no action, Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Colin Gager is warning criminals that illegal activities will not be allowed to continue without impunity in Trelawny.

Since the start of this year, except for murders, serious crimes have trended downwards in the parish.

Last year, Trelawny recorded some 21 murders, but so far this year, 28 killings, mostly sparked by domestic disputes, have been committed in the western parish.

Gager, who was speaking at the official opening of the Falmouth Market, announced that the Trelawny Municipal Corporation will be working in tandem with the police to curb crimes in the parish.

He noted that a police post will be set up at the new state-of-the-art market to prevent criminals from making it their stomping ground.

"I want to warn those of you who think you are getting away with those crimes that we are coming after you. We will get you. Lest you think the market is a new playground, you make a sad mistake. The mayor here is not just a bag a mouth. I am about action too. And because I am serious about stemming these criminal acts, we will be setting up a police post in the market," Gager said.

He noted that the post will be manned by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force throughout the operational hours at the facility, which will be equipped with closed circuit cameras.

"This post will also be equipped with monitors that will show the activities in the market and its environs. So all of you with your criminal intent you better stop. You are being warned. The Municipal Corporation will stop at no end until law and order is restored in our town," the mayor cautioned.

“Our intelligence has also shown us that robberies are on the increase and that these unscrupulous robbers are also targeting the businesses. I want to send a strong word out, this has to stop.”

Recently the Trelawny police have been on the lookout for migrating criminals, who in some instances, are on the run from members of the security forces who are manning the enhanced security measures underway in the neighbouring parish of St James.

Mayor Gager warned that even as, "the monster of crime has been rearing its ugly head in this parish and increasingly we hear of criminal acts" he has the assurance of Deputy Superintendent of Police Winston Milton, the Trelawny police divisional head, that "Trelawny has no tolerance for crime".

"One crime committed in the parish is one crime too many. I, therefore, urge all of us as well-thinking citizens to report what you know to the police. Be your brothers and sisters keeper," the Falmouth mayor charged.

"I am not talking about hiding your brothers and sisters who are criminals or creating a safe haven for them in our homes, because if you support criminal elements one day you will be the victims."

The new Falmouth Market, which was constructed at a cost of over $350 million, was officially opened by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie last week.

The facility was constructed with funding of over $300 million from the Port Authority of Jamaica and additional financing from the Trelawny Municipal Corporation and the Ministry of Local Government.

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