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The St. James business community will be funding the establishment of a police post in the Rose Heights community, as part of efforts to stem crime in the parish.
The Rose Heights community centre will be refurbished to accommodate the facility, informed Project/Programme Manager in the Office of the Prime Minister (Western Region) Calvin Brown.
“This new police station, staffed with personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, is expected to serve the entire Rose Heights/Rose Mount, Cornwall Courts and Salt Spring areas, bringing about levels of peace and harmony to these parts,” he told JIS News.
He said that the facility would go a long way in policing those volatile areas, “which accounted for a great percentage of crimes in the parish”.
The establishment of the police post is one of a number of initiatives coming out of discussions between the police and the St. James corporate community, aimed at finding solutions to the escalating crime problem. The discussions are being facilitated by the Office of the Prime Minister.
Already, the businesspersons have provided the police with four unmarked vehicles and $200,000 worth of petrol, while the St. James Parish Council has provided them with computers to facilitate intelligence sharing. Mr. Brown stated that the high level of cooperation between the two groups had contributed to a drop in crime in the parish and has lifted morale within the force.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of crime for St. James, Paul Ferguson, told JIS News that he was very happy with the support the police had been receiving from the business sector and expressed the hope that they would stay on board for as long as possible. “It is heartening to have the business sector on board with the police in St. James. Since my tenure here, they have been very supportive and I think that many of the successes that were reaped, were due to their input,” he stated.
He noted that the setting up of a police post in the Rose Heights community could “definitely contribute to the lowering of the crime rate in these areas and the parish. The police want to be a part of these communities and we are hoping for full cooperation from all citizens.”
SSP Ferguson also commended the police in St. James for the levels of patriotism and dedication to duty they have demonstrated since the passage of Hurricane Ivan and particularly during the Christmas season. “I can proudly say that the parish of St. James was well policed by these hardworking and dedicated police personnel, who have all done extremely well.
I therefore urge the police to keep up the good work and maintain the zero tolerance approach to crime and the carrying of offensive weapons,” he said further.

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