'Lockdown' Green Island under tight security after two

Observer West writer

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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LUCEA, Hanover — Faced with two murders since the start of the year in the Green Island Police Division, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for Hanover, has declared that the division is currently under “police lockdown.”

The homicides occurred in the Santoy and Old Road areas of the division during the first week of the new year.

“…Presently, Green Island will be locked down for now. Until we find the situation much better, then we can move on from there. Not saying it will be forever, but it depends on how long we take to rectify some things,” said Beeput, as she addressed the regular monthly general meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation last Thursday.

She urged People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Green Island division Marvell Sewell to encourage people in his division to coorporate with the police, noting that while the police will be mindful of human rights, they will be aggressive in getting things under control.

“There will be a lot of things and I can tell you, it will be very aggressive. Not meaning that we are going to trample on persons' human rights – not at all.

But, this will have to be a different year. Things will have to be done differently. A lot of scamming activities are still going on within that area there, and it has spilled over into this year. And, we have to put a stop to some things. So, whatever the information, I will be happy that persons are willing to continue the dialogue and to pass on the information that is relevant, so we can move on and look forward to a wonderful 2019,” said the tough-talking superintendent.

“There will be a number of activities that will be happening … I am not going to tell you when, but it will be very soon. We are undergoing presently a lockdown situation…,” she stressed.

Superintendent Beeput told the meeting that while the parish experienced a reduction in murders last year, when compared to 2017, “the police will not sit back and allow things from last year to carry forward into this year”.

“We cannot sit back and relax... There are things that we will have to do differently. A lot of strategies will be in place, and we are not going to sit back and allow it to get out of hand. I am not saying that last year was a bad year. It wasn't a bad year indeed, because we would not have ended on a reduction,” Beeput emphasised.

The parish of Hanover experienced a slight reduction in murders last year, when compared to 2017, moving from 61 to 59.

Meanwhile, Sewell told the meeting that residents in the Green Island Police Division have expressed concern about the level of crime in the area, as he pledged his support to the police in their effort to rid communities in his division of criminal activities.

“Miss Beeput, you have all my support, and I want you to lock it down (Green Island Police Division). You got my support, because I am getting the phone calls. A lot of persons are nervous. A lot of persons in that space are nervous, so you have my support to do what you have to do to bring it back to normal,” said Sewell.

Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels, in the meantime, said the Hanover corporation would do all that it could to have the situation remedied.

“We will do whatever we can to ensure that the situation that you have down in the Green Island area … we will assist you in every way we can to get it remedied. And, I trust that is the feeling of all the councillors inside here,” Mayor Samuels pledged.

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