Gov't to monitor gangsters

March 23, 2018
A member of the military takes up a strategic position along Pink Lane, Denham Town, St Andrew, on Monday.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced plans for the creation of a watch list that would contain the names of persons with gang association and those who are a part of criminal organisations.

He said persons placed on the watch list by the courts will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures.

"For too, long we have accepted the concept of a 'don' as almost legitimate leaders of our society. They are able to move freely and conduct their illicit activities as they like. This freedom also allows them to have association (with) and influence over key functionaries in the community and broader society, including law-enforcement officers," he said.

The prime minister said these law-enforcement officers include not only police, but also members of Customs and Immigration, among other state agencies.

"It is now time to deal decisively with gang leaders and dons," Holness said.

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