Cops to flush out St James criminals


July 28, 2016

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), has promised a series of operations in St James to arrest murders.

St James is Jamaica's murder capital, having so far recorded 144 murders. Some 212 persons were murdered in the parish last year.

"We are making very good progress, we are identifying quite a number of suspects and persons who have been producing violence in St James," Powell told THE STAR.

He said that having reviewed several case files since arriving in the western parish, cops are now being readied to hit the streets to capture wanted men.

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"We are going to give some activities to the operations people for them to pick up these persons so that they can be interviewed. We believe that many of them will be charged for murder," Powell said.

Powell and a team, which comprises of detectives from the CIB Headquarters, Area One, and several formations from across the island, have been in St James since Tuesday, reviewing a number of murder case files and giving guidance to local detectives.

"We continue to have quite a number of challenges in the parish, especially with murders, and so the emphasis right now is in this parish. This type of activity will be moved to other parishes in subsequent months," Powell said.

The ACP said that analysis of crime data thus far indicate that gang violence is responsible for a significant chunk of murders in St James. He said too that the analysis has shown that there are some persons involved in multiple murders in the parish.

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