We need more cops - Trelawny Lay Magistrates' president

August 14, 2018
Recent police graduates.

President of the Trelwany Chapter of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ) Kenneth Grant has called on the leadership of the Area One Police Division and the Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson to immediately address the shortage of police personnel and other resources in the parish.

Speaking against what he said were three gun killings in the parish between Thursday and Saturday of last week and a case of wounding with intent involving the gun, Grant said there was the need for more police to be deployed to the rural station in the parish.

"Since the implementation of the zone of special operations and the state of emergency in St James, the already understaffed Trelwany Police Division has had to provide personnel to assist with manning checkpoints along the borders with St James and assist with patrols within St James," Grant said.

"Several of the rural police stations in the parish have been left without the required manpower to even do regular patrols," he added.

Grant said that with a new batch of police personnel to graduate later this month, he is appealing to the minister of national security and Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson to ensure that Trelwany benefits.

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