SOE calming Clarendon

October 09, 2019
Jamaica Defence Force and police personnel conduct operations in Sevens Heights, Clarendon.
Jamaica Defence Force and police personnel conduct operations in Sevens Heights, Clarendon.

The Clarendon police said there has been a drastic decrease in the murder rate since a state of emergency (SOE) was declared in the parish on September 6.

Speaking with the CENTRAL STAR yesterday, Senior Superintendent Glenford Miller said the SOE has been successful so far, with the murder rate shrinking by more than 300 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year.

"We have had three murders in the parish since it (SOE) has been here, but when compared to the corresponding period last year, there were 15 murders in Clarendon last September, so this is a serious reduction. If we can save just one life, that is enough for us," he said.

Miller stated that the police have also conducted more than 600 interviews and made multiple arrests.

Earlier this week, the lawmen also released the images and names of five of the parish's most wanted men. They are: Romaine Murray, 17, Steve Francis, 36, Zemar Nelson, 23, Leon Rose, 25, and Fitzroy Coore, 23.

"All of these men that were actually published are persons who we are investigating for murders and shootings. We are advising persons not to harbour these men as they are very dangerous and most likely armed. We are asking the citizens of Clarendon and elsewhere to help us to apprehend these men," Miller said.

Meanwhile, the lawman said he is reminding the public that the pervasive presence of criminals can harm their communities, and persons found harbouring them will face the full extent of the law, as it is an offence.

"We really just want the partnership from the citizens so we can make the parish of Clarendon a crime-free one," he said.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men are being asked to contact the May Pen Criminal Investigation Branch at 876-986-2208 or 876-832-2077, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

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