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The Hanover police will be intensifying efforts to reduce crime in the parish, which was once regarded at the safest place in Jamaica.
Superintendent of Police in charge of Hanover, Paul Stanton, told JIS News on Thursday (Jan. 5), that the anti-crime drive started on the first working day of the new year, when a one-day seminar aimed at highlighting the importance of information gathering and analysis, was held for investigators and other officers.
“The management team just felt it necessary to sensitize each and every member about the importance of information gathering, the importance of analysis leading up to intelligence, what it means to gather information, how you process information and how you disseminate the information, and how you arrive at conclusions so that your operations are intelligence driven,” he explained.
As part of the crime reduction quest, he said, the police would be embarking on “net fishing tactics” aimed at apprehending wrongdoers. “If we can get the intelligence process going right, then we can be clinical in our advance in terms of apprehending criminals and really stifling crime and all the perpetrators thereof,” he said.
Superintendent Stanton noted that a wholistic approach would be taken towards the control of illegal activities within the parish, adding that emphasis would also be placed on the proper use of the roadways, control of night noises and other areas, which added to the level of indiscipline in the society.
He told JIS News that while there was relative success in reducing road accidents during 2005, it was the intention of the police to “raise the bar” somewhat for 2006. As such, plans are in place to hold dialogue within schools, with commuters, and members of the various taxi associations with regard to the proper use of the roadways. In addition, there will be a more visible presence of the police on the roadways, Superintendent Stanton pointed out.
He said that emphasis would also be placed on community policing with the revival of dormant youth clubs and neighbourhood watch groups, forming new ones where necessary, and strengthening and keeping active groups vibrant.
Superintendent Stanton said he was heartened by the public support of the police’s efforts. “We are trying to reposition ourselves, re-image ourselves so that people can feel free to share with us whatever information they may have, because these communities are peaceful communities, only that we have a couple bad elements that may come in from time to time,” he stated.
“No longer must citizens just sit back and allow their communities to be destroyed by any one or two or three persons merely because they can give a little handout now and then, because this is the trick that they use to get hold of a community,” he added.
The superintendent also warned against the aiding and abetting of corruption, asking that persons confronted with any such request report the matter forthwith.