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A police post is to be established in Tivoli Gardens, which, among other things, will serve as a hub for building a new positive relationship between the residents and the security forces.
Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, made the announcement in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 1) on the joint police/military operation in West Kingston.
He said that the police and military are maintaining a strong presence in the area “and will, at the appropriate time, transition to normal community policing mode.”
He noted that the security operation is continuing and the area is stabilised, with residents now able to go about their normal business subject, of necessity, to random security checks.
The Prime Minister, in the meantime, while acknowledging that some residents are “bitter and angry” about the operation, appealed for understanding as the Government seeks to root out criminal elements that have embedded themselves in these and many other communities, and restore law and order.
He pointed out that the operation being carried out in West Kingston is about more than just executing an arrest warrant on Christopher Coke.
“That may have been the catalyst but it is more than that. It is the beginning of a concerted effort to dismantle the aggressive criminal networks that have embedded themselves in communities in many urban areas and even in some rural communities. It is a campaign that will be sustained and intensified. It is a campaign that will target criminal gangs wherever they exist, irrespective of their political alliances or whether they have any such alliances,” Mr. Golding stated.
He told the House that “there are credible indications that the crime bosses and their followers, in West Kingston and elsewhere, perhaps for the first time, are shaken. They must not be allowed to return to complacency. This effort must be sustained. It may be a long haul but there must be no letting up.”
The Prime Minister said the security forces remain instructed to take all possible precautions to avoid loss of life or injury, especially of innocent citizens, while noting that the investigations being carried out will help to determine the extent to which that objective was achieved in this particular operation.
“The state must reassert both its authority and responsibility in these communities but this must be done in a helpful and not hostile state,” he stated.

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