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  • Crime Stop is reminding the public that there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person (s) responsible for last month’s fire at the Riverton City disposal site.
  • The fire, which started at the site on March 11, and affected sections of the Corporate Area and St. Catherine for about two weeks, was determined to have been deliberately set.
  • Persons with information are being urged to call 311 or visit the official Crime Stop website at www.crimestopjamaica.com and click the ‘report a crime’ option.

Crime Stop is reminding the public that there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person (s) responsible for last month’s fire at the Riverton City disposal site.

The fire, which started at the site on March 11, and affected sections of the Corporate Area and St. Catherine for about two weeks, was determined to have been deliberately set.

Manager of Crime Stop, Prudence Gentles, told JIS News that to date, there have been no calls to Crime Stop regarding the fire, and is imploring persons to come forward with information.

“It would be to everyone’s benefit if we could find out who is lighting these fires. “Our health is at risk, so we need to put a stop to this. If anyone knows who is responsible, please step forward; do not think about the money, do it because it is your civic duty,” Mrs. Gentles pleaded.

She is urging persons with information to call 311 or visit the official Crime Stop website at www.crimestopjamaica.com and click the ‘report a crime’ option, then complete and submit the form. “It’s all anonymous,” she assured.

Last month’s fire at Riverton was the largest ever at the site. The smoke from the fire spread across several communities, affecting householders, schools and businesses, and caused the postponement of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). The Government expressed regret at the incident.

The fire was extinguished through the combined efforts of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica Fire Brigade; the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); and several public and private sector agencies and partners.

Crime Stop is a partnership involving the community, the police and the media designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. Crime Stop encourages the public to give information by offering total anonymity to all callers and, for those who wish, a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest, recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs or guns.

The programme is administered by the National Crime Prevention Fund and is governed by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ).