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The importance of a good relationship between the Police and citizens to reduce crime was emphasised at a Neighbourhood Watch meeting held in Bonny Gate, St. Mary on July 25.
Giving the main address, Inspector Michael Garrick of the Port Maria Police, said members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was fully committed to working with the citizens of the country to keep the various communities peaceful and safe.
The meeting was convened to promote closer police/public co-operation in that community and to encourage the residents to be aggressive in their effort to keep criminal activities out of their area.
Inspector Garrick said the Bonny Gate community was one of the calmest districts in St. Mary in relation to criminal activities, adding that it was excellent example for other communities to emulate.
He noted that the Police has not received a report of any major crime occurring in Bonny Gate since the start of this year, and that this was commendable achievement which should be encouraged.
Inspector Garrick reported that since the beginning of this year, there have been 18 murders, 19 cases of rape, 15 cases of robbery and 47 cases of break-ins throughout the parish.
Congratulating the Bonny Gate Neighbourhood Watch for the commendable role it was playing to keep the community safe, he praised the young people of Bonny Gate for the recent step they took to form a Police Youth Club in the community, adding that such an initiative would only redound to overall improvement of security in the community.
He encouraged the residents to always devise ways and methods to enhance their efforts at keeping criminal activities out of their community, and to make every effort to ensure that conflicts are resolved peacefully.

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