Residents urged to snitch for permits - Clarendon police want to start ‘Informer Gang’

January 17, 2017
Vendolyn Cameron-Powell


In an effort to reduce crime and violence in their parish, the Clarendon police say they will only grant event permit if people tell what they know.

The authorities told our news team during an editor's forum last week that the Jamaican 'informer' culture must stop, and people will have to inform the police if they want to integrate socially through entertainment.

The top cop for the parish, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, told THE STAR that the police are simply exercising management and control.

"We are trying to fix the parish. We have loosened quite a number of events in some communities with strict rules. They have proven themselves that they can start party in some communities. The superintendent will decide where the party goes. You have to help me to investigate that crime before you can start party," she said.

May Pen Mayor Winston Maragh, the councillor for Rocky point in the parish, told THE STAR that he often advocates for an informer gang.

"I would love to start a police informer gang. Because if you have a handful of guys in a particular community trying to hold the community at ransom saying you are the informer, so why not get a group of good guys to come rise up and say we not going to allow you to take over our place and mash up our place," he said.

Carla Watt, councillor of the Canaan Heights division, told our news team the initiative is something she supports and would be a part of.

"Yes I am from Canaan Heights, and it's a trouble spot. We need informers to come on board. Be an informer. Canaan heights was on top with murders. Stay inna your house and call police. That cut down the crime," Watt said.

Meanwhile, one educator said the idea could work, but the people are fearful.

"Many are fearful to report any bad doing or incidents like these because sometimes they are saying when the report something it will get back to the community or individuals," Vinroy Harrison, Central High principal, told our news team.

However, Cameron-Powell rubbished the idea of persons being fearful, insisting instead that the informer gang can work.

"It's a little scapegoat that a lot of citizens tend to use. You don't have to speak to the local police. There are several avenues for our citizens to pass on information. But you see the scapegoat of not trusting, it tend to come up prompt," she said.

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