Cops under attack

March 08, 2017
Novelette Grant, acting commissioner of police.

The people are being attacked by gunmen nearly one and a half times per day. According to the police high command, a total of 45 gun assaults against police officers were recorded for the first two months in 2017. 

"This is a 13 per cent increase in comparison to 40 for the same period in 2016," the high command said.

The high command said its members were attacked on three recent occasions in the divisions of St. Andrew South, Clarendon and Westmoreland.

According to the cops, the most recent attack on the police occurred on Monday, in Westmoreland.  The police responded to calls for help and when they arrived on location a mobile patrol team came under intense gunfire from three armed men who escaped.  One policeman received gunshot wounds and is now hospitalised in serious condition.

"We take no pleasure in the loss of lives and choose to instead make arrests for persons to appear in a court of law," the police high command said.

It said that in instances where the suspects surrendered peacefully they were apprehended and taken into custody. The cops said that there has so far been 30 instances where criminal gun assaults were brought under control without deadly force by the police.