Manchester custos launches crime reduction group
In keeping with ongoing strategies to reduce crime and violence in Manchester, the Office of the Custos and the police have collaborated to develop strategies to address the social ills within the parish.
With 36 per cent of the total crime statistics in Manchester being related to domestic violence and disputes, Custos Garfield Green convened a group of concerned administrators and leaders of some parish-based organisations last Wednesday to provide support to the police and citizens.
The group includes Superintendent of Police in charge of Manchester, Gary Francis, representatives from various learning institutions in the parish, as well as pastors, counsellors, and social workers.
Recent murders associated with domestic disputes have been a major cause for concern in the parish and is the immediate focus of this group. The group’s full scope and mandate will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.
Meanwhile, Green’s counselling helpline, which was set up last August, has been providing access for persons to call in and speak anonymously to someone about issues impacting relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Preventive and intervention strategies which will impact persons where they study, work, live and play are being pursued by this group, which will include a directory of counselling professionals which can be accessed by members of the public.
Members of the police force and the group convened by Green also had a town-hall meeting in George’s Valley, where they interacted with residents who are still coping with the murder of 75-year-old Roy Leon. He was killed allegedly by his son at their home in the community on December 30.
The meeting was to pass on coping strategies to the family and wider community, to reduce reprisals, and to share dispute-resolution strategies.