Cops to flood the roads for Xmas


November 13, 2015

Eighty per cent of the police force will be on the roads during the Christmas season.

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting made the revelation during the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme 'Issues and Answers' yesterday.

He was revealing that a new crime fighting plan is being rolled out, with heavy military deployment, targeting major communities where murders and other criminal activities have seen an upsurge.

Bunting said while the police will take the lead in having a significant presence in the main crime spots across the island, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be using their armoured personnel carriers to penetrate certain communities.

He said the entire island will be feeling and experiencing the crime plan, but parishes such as St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and Kingston will see a considerable deployment of the security forces.

"We are going to see, for the first time, the new squadron of protective vehicles deployed operationally (by the JDF). These will be useful in areas where you have heavily armed gangs, and informal communities where the normal patrol has challenges to operate," he said.

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