Senior cop vows to dismantle criminal network in Hanover
LUCEA, Hanover - Newly installed commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sharon Beeput has vowed to dismantle the four existing gangs operating in the parish, two of which, she said, are creating mayhem.
“… It is our intention to dismantle the gangs operating in our space. And we need the corporation of everybody,” DSP Beeput told the recent regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation.
She listed the gangs as the Ants Nest, 100 Rounds, One Link and One Voice, stressing that, “the One Voice and the One Link gangs are creating mayhem in the parish.”
“I must inform that some members from those gangs [One Voice and One Link] have met their demise... Other members who are still associated with these gangs are still active within the spaces,” said DSP Beeput, who was assigned to the parish as the commanding officer earlier this month.
She noted that members of the One Voice and One Link gangs are operating within the Lucea, Green Island, Canaan and Kingsvale areas, adding that, “all those areas are very, very, very active.”
The DSP also disclosed that plans are afoot to revive neighbourhood watches and youth clubs in the parish, as part of her crime fighting strategy.
“We do have a challenge with the community policing. You might not have been seeing them in your spaces regularly, because we do have some resource challenges of which the high command is addressing presently. So, sooner or later the police will be out there in your communities trying to bring back the neighbourhood watches and police youth clubs that have been absent for a little while now,” said Beeput.
She added that the police will also be dominating public spaces such as the transport centres and markets, while frequent operations targeting criminal suspects and other persons of interest are also to continue.
“Frequent raids in public spaces … just want you to be aware of this, that is going to happen. Persons are going to be calling you [councillors], but it has to go on. If you want to get rid of criminal elements, we have to continue all these activities to keep it down,” asserted DSP Beeput, who added that the raids will also include people suspected of being involved in the lottery scam.
Up to a week ago, 17 murders have been recorded in the parish since the start of the year, compared to four during the corresponding period in 2016.
According to Beeput, Lucea has accounted for eight deaths, Green Island five, while they were three in Kingsvale and one in Sandy Bay.
Last year, 51 murders were reportedly committed in Hanover, compared to 59 in 2015.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Lucea, Sheridan Samuels, and his six councillors, have pledged to work with Beeput and her team in the fight against crime and violence in the parish.