Jackson said he was very pleased with the efforts of the police in the seizure of at least five illegal firearms, the recovery of JMD$1.6 million in cash, and the apprehension of three persons believed to be involved in the daylight heist, which took place in Montego Bay on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
He lauded the law men for the swiftness in their action which led to the effective apprehension of criminal perpetrators which sends a clear message of certainty of the consequence to criminal behaviour.
The Shadow Minister of National Security said Senior Superintendent Vernon Ellis, the commanding officer of the St James Police Division, is deserving of commendation for his personal efforts in leading the operation which resulted in the seizure of cash and the apprehension of persons linked to the robbery and murder of a courier and security guard.
Mr Jackson said from all indications, the police were persistent in their efforts in hunting down those involved, which confirms our faith in the ability of the JCF in dealing with the upsurge of crime in St James if given the appropriate tools, resources and leadership. He said, “it is clear from the facts available that the hunt for criminals must be led by intelligence and smart policing, and quality leadership.”
The Shadow Minister said he supports the assertion of Senior Superintendent Ellis that the police will continue in its efforts to rid the parish of criminals and bring about an atmosphere of safety and security for citizens and visitors alike.
It is for this reason that the Opposition continues to urge the government to use the available mechanisms such as the ZOSO legislation which provides for the deployment of joint police/military operations as well as allowing the security forces to detain suspects, search and cordon areas of volatility.
The police must maintain the pressure until the overall situation in Montego Bay is brought under control and the criminal masterminds and other violence producers are put away, Mr Jackson said.
The Shadow Minister of National Security said the Opposition remains disappointed that the government has still not relented in its stonewalling on the date for dialogue with civil society on the issue of crime.
Mr Jackson said it was important that in the absence of a credible crime plan from the government that they hear the views of the private sector, the church, trade unions and academia in the search of a national consensus on a set of principles to protect all our citizens and communities.
“Only a collective approach can provide an effective assault on crime and criminality,” he concluded.
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