MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester's newly minted police chief, Superintendent Shane McCalla, says the community of Greenvale remains tense following last week's double murder and injuring of two people by gunmen at a party.
As a result, he said, restrictions have been placed on entertainment events following the August 5 killing of 34-year-old Adrian Nation o/c Blue, a chef of 14 Street in Greenvale, and a man identified as Lloyd Levy at the party. A man and woman were also shot and injured during the attack.
"...There is resentment towards the measures being used and in place now [but] it is not just restrictions on parties, it is a total operational drive in the space," McCalla told the Jamaica Observer on Thursday.
Greenvale has, in recent years, been rocked by murders stemming from gang violence and conflicts.
Police theorised that in the latest incident Nation was the target of the gun attack.
When asked about a review of the restrictions on entertainment events in the community, McCalla said the police are trying to avert mayhem.
"Until those wanton acts of criminality stop, the place cannot go back to normal. It has to be constantly policed with different types and strategies and measures to ensure that we don't have a repeat of the incident that we had last week," he explained.
He said the at-risk community requires collaboration between the police and critical groups to improve. "Social intervention is something that has to be continuous — a consistent collaboration between the community, police and other stakeholders — but the police alone cannot do the intervention; we are going to need the support of other people," said McCalla.
"One of my first initiatives is meeting with various stakeholders not only for Greenvale, but other spaces that we might deem at-risk to push that social intervention and get people onboard supporting us and working in partnership," he added.
Other at-risk communities, including Comfort, Broadleaf, Heartease, New Hall and May Day, have also been on the police's radar having similarly faced restrictions on entertainment events earlier this year.
"There are still areas that we still have heightened security concerns about and they are being constantly monitored and are a part of our operational initiatives," said McCalla
He is urging residents to work with the police even as he lauded officers for going "above and beyond" under resource constraints.
"We are here to work together — partnership and communication — is the only way we can fight crime and solve some of the issues," he said.
"Commendations to the entire Manchester Police Division and the Criminal Investigations Branch because the clear up rate is extremely good. I commend the men and women for the energy that they are pushing out," he added.
McCalla, who has major crime-fighting experience, having served as head of operations in the volatile St Andrew South Police Division, replaced Superintendent Lloyd Darby as head of the Manchester police last month.