MONTEGO BAY — The Trelawny Police Division will be placing focus on dismantling criminal gangs in the parish this year.
The move is keeping with the law enforcement priorities for 2011 as outlined recently by Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, which includes targeting and dismantling at least three gangs in each police division in 2011.
Detective Sergeant Renford Whyte in a report at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council on Thursday (January 13) said that the police in the parish will be “taking on that challenge full force”.
He noted that gang activities have contributed significantly to the level of crime in the division.
“The division experienced 26 murders in 2010 and at least 15 have resulted from gang conflicts or activities. The figures demonstrate that gang murders represent more than 57 per cent of the division’s total murders”, he stated.
He named the “Lancelot Gang” led by Lance Walker otherwise called (O/C) Steve Dudley, which operates out of Duansvale in Clarks Town, and its subsidiary the “Boysie Gang” led by Casell Robinson, O/C Boysie or Jaro, which operates out of Race Course in Falmouth, as the two main gangs of concern in the parish.
The Detective Sergeant said that the divisional management team is mindful of the threat these two gangs pose and will relentlessly pursue their members.
He noted further that every effort will be made to minimise the number of murders and shootings in the division, as these two areas alone can define the performance of the police in any division.
In the meantime, he informed that major crimes went down by 43 from 267 in 2009 to 224 in 2010. These include murder, shooting, rape, carnal abuse, breaking and entering and larceny.
The Detective Sergeant said that even with the positive results, the police in the division are not prepared to relax their proactive approach to dealing with the crime in the parish, and will push for even further reductions in 2011.
“We think that we did tremendously good work (in 2010), bearing in mind the resources that we had, so we are going to try our best this year to better last year,” he stated.